A recent project we’ve been working on involved an intensive search for montane scrub species on the hills above upper Glen Affric. The area has not previously been surveyed in this way, and so it has been interesting to get the first chance to look at the site in depth. It has been a bit of an epic trying to work systematically across the remote and rocky corries of A’ Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-Choire but we have been successful in locating a lot of Prostrate Juniper (Juniperus communis nana) and Dwarf Willow (Salix herbacea). These are both very interesting species, which you come across surprisingly often if you know what you’re looking for and are out in the hills a lot…

If you want to learn more about each of the species then follow these links…

http://www.mountainwoodlands.org/common-juniper.asp