ECN site code: T12
ECN monitoring by: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Co-located ECN stream site: Allt a'Mharcaidh (R14)

The Cairngorms site, which joined the ECN network in summer 1999, is located high in the Cairngorms, near Aviemore in Speyside. The site lies on the western flank of the Cairngorms and is the catchment of the Allt a' Mharcaidh (a site in the ECN freshwater network). It is part of the Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve, within the Cairngorms National Park, and covers some 10 km2. The site is supported by a consortium of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Natural Environment Research Council (through the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and The James Hutton Institute (JHI). ECN monitoring at the site is co-ordinated by UKCEH.

ECN Cairngorms is also part of the UK's first Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research platform, the Cairngorms National Park.

This site is in the UK's sub-arctic zone and is an important link not only to other upland ECN sites but to sites in the Alps and Pyrenees (GLORIA network) and also to networks in the Arctic (INTERACT network).

You can read more about UKCEH research and monitoring in the Cairngorms area on the UKCEH website.


During the eLTER H2020 project (2015-19), research access to ECN Cairngorms was financially supported via the eLTER Trans-National Access Programme. The Cairngorms site was one part of the 'Burnsmuir and Cairngorms LTSER' umbrella.


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