and Habitats: an introduction to common plants and their habitats in Britain and
by Ben Averis
Published in 2013
This is a 396 page, A5-sized book which combines the species and
habitat approaches to plants and vegetation.
Most of the book is an identification
guide to 700 plant species - including grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns and mosses - selected as those which are common, conspicuous or
useful ecological indicators: species which collectively make up most of the
vegetation in Britain and Ireland. There is also a Habitats section
describing the flora, ecology and management of habitats.
With this combination
of approaches the book aims to help people understand our vegetation at all
scales, from individual plants to whole landscapes.
The structure and plain
English writing style are designed to help with species identification by
non-specialists, and wherever possible to enable identification both with and without flowers. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photos, and there are also many line drawings.
For those working with habitat classifications, National
Vegetation Classification (NVC) codes are incorporated throughout and there are
summary tables cross-referencing various classifications.
The book is written
for a wide readership including those working or training in subjects connected
with ecology, conservation, land management and other environmental