Mountain Habitats

The biodiversity in Lochaber’s mountain areas is some of the most significant in Britain.

Areas of national importance include the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe ranges, the Isle of Rum and the basalt peaks of Morvern. But there is also much of interest in other upland areas, with an outstanding range of upland habitats – wet and dry heaths, calcareous grassland, tall-herb ledges, montane scrub, rock and scree, snowbed and summit vegetation.

The plant life is very rich, with rare Arctic-Alpines such as drooping saxifrage, diapensia and arctic sandwort, and many scarce lichens and bryophytes. The wildlife in mountain areas includes mountain ringlet and other rare insects, mountain hare, ptarmigan and important bird of prey populations, with exceptional numbers of breeding golden eagles.

Nevis Partnership North Face Survey

Nevis Partnership, a Lochaber based organisation, began a three year project in Summer 2014 performing a survey of the North Face of Ben Nevis with the aim of finding new topographic, geological and biological data.

Geologist, Roddy Muir, abseiling 200 meters down The Comb. Photo D.MacLeod

“A team of scientists and mountaineers have made new discoveries on the highest mountain in the British Isles….. Ben Nevis has been the site of one of the most extensive and logistically challenging surveys to have taken place on a Scottish mountain.”