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An Illustrated Guide to British Upland Vegetation 2004


Upland Great Britain encompasses a tremendous variety of habitats and vegetation types, including heaths, bogs, grasslands, woods, scrub, cliffs, screes, snow-beds and high rocky summits. The plant species composition of much of the vegetation here, and also in the Irish uplands, is unique in Europe.

The different regions of upland Great Britain are distinctive in their geology, terrain, climate, land use and vegetation. For example, there are the rounded grassy and boggy hills of central Wales; the steep, craggy mountains of north-west Wales, the Lake District and the western Scottish Highlands; the limestone pavements of the Craven Pennines and south Cumbria; the heathy and boggy stepped basalt landscapes on Mull and Skye; the rolling heather moors of the eastern Highlands; the knob-and-lochan terrain of north-west Sutherland and the Outer Hebrides; and the expansive, pool-studded bog landscapes of the Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2004··

Averis, A., Averis, B., Birks, J., Horsfield, D., Thompson, D. & Yeo, M. (2004) An Illustrated Guide to British Upland Vegetation, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 553 7.

This is the first comprehensive single book on plant communities in the British Uplands.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·08·07

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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