Grab a camera – help chart how the Wester Ross is changing.

If you are lucky enough to be in the Wester Ross National Scenic Area, SNH could really do with your help with the Wester Ross Scenic Photo project. Elli Carlisle tells us more.

The Wester Ross Scenic Photo Project is an exciting citizen science project that aims to narrate the evolving landscape of the National Scenic Area.

Through analysing repeat photographs, submitted by you, from selected points around Wester Ross, we can monitor changes in the landscape and also record the area for future generations.

If you’re travelling through Wester Ross, you can help us develop a more continuous story charting this change by sharing your photographs from particular places and take a few minutes to enjoy some of the amazing views around the National Scenic Area at the same time.

Wester Ross contains some of the most iconic mountains on the west coast such as An Teallach, Slioch and Beinn Eighe. Lochs and the western seaboard add to the variety, and the area also contains distinctive coastal villages like Torridon and Gairloch.

Although it looks timeless, much of this landscape has evolved through the centuries and it continues to change both in the long term and seasonally.

During the spring, the regrowth of leaves and other vegetation can produce an invigorating explosion of colour after the muted colours and stark beauty of winter. The warmer and longer days make it an ideal time to get out into Wester Ross and appreciate this.

How can you help?

By recreating photographs from one or more of the six project viewpoints across the Wester Ross National Scenic Area.

There are six easily accessible photo viewpoints across Wester Ross National Scenic Area: photographs from one or all of them will be valuable. Their locations and instructions for taking part are on our web page.

No photography know-how is needed and you can use any camera, from a phone to a digital SLR.

Over the next few years the photos collected will be used to produce a picture of how the landscape is changing. The longer the project continues the more useful it will be. You will be able to see all the uploaded photographs along with news on our Scenic Photo project web page.


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