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Hostile habitats : Scotland's mountain environment : a hillwalkers' guide to wildlife and the landscape

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Mark Wrightham; Nick Kempe
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238 x 170 mm
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The Scottish Mountaineering Club was formed in Glasgow in 1889, as a result of correspondence in the Glasgow Herald initiated by William W. Naismith. Although other Scottish clubs existed at this time, such as the Cairngorm Club, these had only local membership and limited technical aspirations. By contrast, the founder members of the SMC included a good number who already had Alpine experience and wished to use their skills in their native country.

In the early 1960s the SMC formed a charitable trust, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust. Part funded by revenue from the SMC's guidebooks, the Trust has given support to many projects over the years, including to the National Trust for Scotland and of the John Muir Trust and to footpath maintenance projects generally. The Trust also supports Mountaineering Scotland.


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Scotland's first guide to mountain fauna, flora and landscape, written exclusively for hillwalkers and climbers. Compiled by some of the country's leading experts in their fields, this book takes an in-depth look at the upland environment of the hillwalker and climber. There are chapters and identification sections on climate, geology, landscape, plants, animals, birds, insects, human influences and conservation. Published by the Scottish Mountaineering Trust with assistance from Scottish Natural Heritage. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour.

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