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The Cairngorms ECN site


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The Cairngorms site, which joined the ECN network in summer 1999, is located high in the Cairngorms, near Aviemore in Speyside. The site lies on the western flank of the Cairngorms and is the catchment of the Allt a' Mharcaidh (a site in the ECN freshwater network). It is part of the Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve, within the Cairngorms National Park, and covers some 10 km2. The site is supported by a consortium of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Natural Environment Research Council (through theĀ Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and The James Hutton Institute (JHI). ECN monitoring at the site is co-ordinated by CEH.

ECN Cairngorms is also part of the UK's first Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research platform, the Cairngorms National Park.

This site is in the UK's sub-arctic zone and is an important link not only to other upland ECN sites but to sites in the Alps and Pyrenees (GLORIA network) and also to networks in the Arctic (SCANNET network and INTERACT project).

You can read more about CEH research and monitoring in the Cairngorms area on the CEH website.

Research access to ECN Cairngorms is encouraged via the INTERACT Trans-National Access Programme.
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