Plants and Habitats: an introduction to common plants and their habitats in Britain and Ireland

by Ben Averis

Published in 2013

ISBN 978-0-9576081-0-8


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 matters.

The book can be purchased from me at £25.00 per copy (incl. p&p) or £24.00 per copy (incl. p&p) for orders of five copies.  It is also available from NHBS ( and other book suppliers.  Payment for copies supplied directly by me can be made using PayPal (see below), or by cheque or direct bank transfer (for these last two methods please send me an email ( and I will reply with the necessary details).

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