Munro Sampling Progess

Adopted: 270

Not Sampled: 96

Sampled: 174

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