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International Mountain Day

In 2003 the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11th “International Mountain Day”. The aim: to create awareness about the importance of mountains in everyday life and to highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development.

This year, to celebrate International Mountain Day we want to share the work of SRUC surrounding Hill and Mountain research.

Sheep on hill. SRUC Hill and Mountain Research

Hill & Mountain Research Centre

The Hill & Mountain Research Centre, with its team of systems-scale researchers, is based at Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms, a 2200 ha Highland estate near Crianlarich in the west Highlands of Scotland.

The site is set within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and ranges from high quality and productive grazing to high altitude (over 1000 metres above sea level) semi-natural habitats of high conservation value.

Our work aims to seek economically, environmentally and socially sustainable land management systems in the context of international, national and local land use policies, with an emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Current interests focus upon:

  • Options for reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from upland grazing systems
  • Ecosystem services (including Carbon sequestration and biodiversity) provided by grazed upland landscapes
  • Circadian rhythm as a welfare indicator in extensive grazing systems
  • Bio-economic modelling of livestock in upland environments 
  • Significant participative research with hill farmers, environmental managers and policy-makers

Other research project includes ‘Return to the Hills’. Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms are leading the ‘Return to the Hills’ by doing research to support, develop and demonstrate more productive, efficient and profitable hill farming. Click here to read more.

Interested in this sector? Browse SRUC courses associated:


Countryside Management

Countryside and Environmental Management

Environmental Resource Management

Renewables and Environmental Technology

Green Technology


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