Last weekend I attended an Environmental Awareness course at Glenmore Lodge, as part of my preparation for the ML award.
Our group was lucky enough to get Keith Miller as an instructor for the weekend, who is a real expert on the environment of the Scottish mountains (he wrote the Invertebrate Life chapter in the SMC-published Hostile Habitats book), and who has also worked on long-lying snowpatch monitoring and research.
On the first day of the course we walked through Ryvoan Pass to Abernethy Forest, closely looking at plantlife, discussing forest and deer management policy, land ownership and the geomorphology of the surrounding terrain (including glacial meltwater channels).
On the second day of the course Keith took our group up Coire na Ciste in the northern corries to Ciste Mhearad to explain the special plant communities of late-lying snowbeds, a really interesting day! The snowpatch at Ciste Mhearad itself is pretty small now, the smallest I’ve ever seen it in July, I doubt it will last to the end of August.