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