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The ECN site at Sourhope lies 15 miles south-east of Kelso near the head of the Bowmont valley on the western slopes of the Cheviot. The site covers an area of approximately 1100 hectares. The vegetation at the Target Sampling Site is representative of that across both the farm and many parts of the uplands in southern Scotland consisting of coarse grassland dominated by White bent (Nardus stricta) and Flying bent (Molinia caerulea). The site is relatively exposed and access can be difficult due to prolonged snow cover during the winter months.