Thursday 18 August 2016

The Ben Nevis Survey

It ended after 3 great years a week ago but as I wrote on Facebook:
The third year of our mountaineering/geology/botany partnership on Ben Nevis. Reports are being written but we have identified huge new populations of nationally scarce plants (and some first records for Ben Nevis) as well as contributing to a better understanding of the formation of Britain's highest mountain. Thanks to: SNH and Nevis Landscape Partnership for making it possible, Mike of Abacus Mountain guides for putting such a great team together, The Botanical Society of Britian and Ireland and Ian, Matt, Dan and mountain botany's very own Yoda- Gordon, Roddy our insight into geology and all his team from Midland Valley, the Trainee Volunteer Rangers (strong backs and good humour abounded), The John Muir Trust for lending us Ali and Blair, the SMC for the use of the CIC Hut and all my fellow walking leaders and Mountain Instructors for their skill and professionalism and endless good humour and hard work despite the worst that British weather could throw at us (never have so many worn 2 sets of waterproofs at a time to so little effect for so many days) and the various others that volunteered to help out and learn lots on the way. Every now and then you get to be a part of a project where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts, the synergy that this project generated was great to feel and results have already been described as truely valuable and extremely exciting. Abacus Mountain Guides Nevis Landscape Partnership Scottish National Heritage Midland Valley Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Kirkhope Mountaineering Donald King The Highland Mountain Company Lochaber Guides Atlas Mountaineering John Muir Trust Association of Mountaineering Instructors

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