James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.

River Avon, Scotland


River Avon, Scotland

20 kilometers in and 20 kilometers out, equals one very sore bum. Especially if you’re new to mountain biking. Combine this with six hours scrabbling amongst the heather on a hillside and all together you have a rather odd day out.

This is all for good reason though, as this was a sample site for my PhD research looking at a rare Scottish tree. In fact, this was the field site furthest from a drivable road in the entirety of Scotland, and so posed a particular challenge to reach.

I snapped this shot on the way back, one of dozens of beautiful landscapes that I would never have seen and wouldn’t know existed if it wasn’t for this project. You can find out more about my research here.

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