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Researchers brave the elements to survey Cairngorms' mountain-top plants

Our Cairngorms site staff have just completed their 7-yearly mountain summit vegetation surveys, undertaken as part of the Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA).

The research requires small teams to camp high in the Allt a’Mharcaidh catchment and re-survey vegetation plots previously recorded in 2001 and 2008. The aim is to detect any changes in species assemblage and cover in mountains across the globe, and to determine likely drivers of any change.

Scotland's weather this summer made working for extended periods at high altitude exceptionally difficult, and often tested the endurance of the team, but luckily, as our photo shows, for the last two days the wind dropped and the sun and stars appeared, making the work much more enjoyable.

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