The Alps A Natural Companion

The Alps A Natural CompanionThe stunning natural beauty of the Alps makes this range of mountains one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. The Alps a natural companion is a visual tour de force of the geology and alpine flowers of the European Alps.

Written in straightforward language for those with little or no prior knowledge. Most importantly this book helps visitors to appreciate the natural world around them. Above all it provides a guide to the geology and the flowers of Europe’s Alpine mountains.Publisher: OAC



  • Learn how rocks were created and thrust upwards to make the massive Alpine mountain range. Furthermore discover how the mountains were shaped into the present-day scenery by ice and other agents of erosion.
  • Besides the scores of stunning photographs the book has clear maps and diagrams. Hence these all help to convey the exciting story of the Alpine mountains and valleys.


  • Learn about distinctive and beautiful Alpine species. Discover how and where they grow, and how they have been used by mankind for thousands of years.
  • Identify more than 300 Alpine flowers and plants. Follow the easy-to-use, colour-coded flower identification guide.


  • Discover places to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of the Alps.
  • Explore the fascinating landscape of the Alps with 20 varied walks.
  • Dip into landscapes across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria

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The Authors

Jim Langley is a specialist in alpine flowers. He has a Master’s degree in conservation and land management, and holds the International Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader qualifications. He also runs Nature’s Work (, an educational consultancy that provides a range of guided walks, training events, and bespoke outdoor learning programmes.

Paul Gannon is a science and technology writer. He is the author of nine books, including the popular Rock Trails series about the geology and scenery of British hillwalking areas (Snowdonia, Lakeland, the Scottish Highlands, the Peak District, and South Wales). He also runs geology workshops in Snowdonia and the Swiss Alps.

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