Munro Sampling Progess

Adopted: 270

Not Sampled: 100

Sampled: 170

A huge thank you to everyone who went out on the hills collecting samples for us in 2023. We received samples from 115 Munros which, together with samples collected during our 2021 Cairngorms National Park pilot project, brings our total up to an amazing 170 Munros sampled - well on the way to our target of 270.

In 2024 samples can be collected and sent in from the 1st June until the 30th September. With only 100 Munros left to sample our goal of mapping alpine soil biodiversity across Scotland’s Munros is well within reach!

Below, you can explore the interactive map to see where our fantastic volunteers have been out sampling and see some  pictures of them in action in the online gallery. In August, project lead Andrea Britton visited the iconic Munro Schiehallion with Helen Needham from BBC Scotland to collect samples for the project and talk about the hidden biodiversity in our mountain soils. You can listen to a podcast about the trip here.

During the winter period our lab team have been busy extracting DNA, analysing the soil chemistry and checking the photos of your sample plots. DNA from all of the samples was sent away for sequencing in early 2024 and we expect to have our first indications of the biodiversity we have uncovered during summer 2024. Head over to the Results page to find out more about what we do with your samples and the discoveries that we have made so far.

Munro Sampling Photos

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  • Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Dubh |
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  • Slioch |
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  • Seana Bhraigh |
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  • Ben Lui [Beinn Laoigh] |
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  • Carn Eighe |
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  • Ladhar Bheinn |
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  • Beinn an Dothaidh |
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  • Liathach - Mullach an Rathain |
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  • Cruach Ardrain |
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  • Blabheinn [Bla Bheinn] |
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  • Creag a' Mhaim |
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  • Moruisg |
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  • Liathach - Mullach an Rathain |
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  • Beinn Narnain |
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  • Stob a' Choire Odhair |
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  • Maoile Lunndaidh |
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  • Ben Lui [Beinn Laoigh] |
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  • Sgurr na Carnach |
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  • Sgurr a' Mhaoraich |
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  • Aonach Meadhoin |
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  • Slioch |
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  • Ciste Dhubh |
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  • The Saddle |
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  • Creag Meagaidh |
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  • Beinn Narnain |
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  • Blabheinn [Bla Bheinn] |
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  • Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Coire Raineach |
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  • Aonach Eagach - Meall Dearg |
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  • Ladhar Bheinn |
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  • Aonach Meadhoin |
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  • Slioch |
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  • Ben Klibreck - Meall nan Con |
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  • Beinn a' Chlachair |
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  • Meall Gorm |
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  • Aonach Eagach - Meall Dearg |
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  • Sgurr a' Mhaoraich |
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  • Stob a' Choire Odhair |
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  • Carn Eighe |
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  • Carn Liath |
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  • Beinn a' Bheithir - Sgorr Dhearg |
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  • Gairich |
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  • Ben Klibreck - Meall nan Con |
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  • Stob Choire Claurigh |
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  • Gairich |
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  • Ben Wyvis - Glas Leathad Mor |
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  • Beinn a' Chlachair |
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  • Na Gruagaichean |
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  • Ben Lawers |
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  • Seana Bhraigh |
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  • Aonach Mor |
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  • Sgurr nan Coireachan |
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  • Ruadh Stac Mor |
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  • Sgurr a' Mhaim |
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  • Beinn Narnain |
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  • Ciste Dhubh |
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  • Aonach Meadhoin |
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  • Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Dubh |
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  • Beinn Narnain |
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  • Ben Lui [Beinn Laoigh] |
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  • Gairich |
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  • A' Chailleach |
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  • Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich |
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  • Beinn a' Chaorainn |
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  • Beinn a' Chaorainn |
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  • Ben Klibreck - Meall nan Con |
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  • Meall Buidhe |
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  • The Saddle |
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  • Sgurr a' Mhaoraich |
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  • Beinn Eunaich |
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  • Ben Lui [Beinn Laoigh] |
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  • Am Bodach |
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  • Am Faochagach |
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  • Beinn Sgulaird |
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  • Aonach Eagach - Meall Dearg |
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  • Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob Dearg |
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  • Beinn Bheoil |
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  • Cruach Ardrain |
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  • Sgurr na Carnach |
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  • Seana Bhraigh |
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  • Aonach Meadhoin |
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  • The Saddle |
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  • Schiehallion |
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  • Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Coire Raineach |
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  • Gleouraich |
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  • Beinn a' Chlachair |
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  • Gairich |
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  • Blabheinn [Bla Bheinn] |
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Who is funding the project?

The project is funded by the Scottish Government Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) as part of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme, project JHI-D4-3 Scotland’s biodiversity: People, Data and Monitoring.