A field day in the Feshie

I was lucky enough to get out in the field last week with Andrew Black from Dundee University. Lucky in two respects, Andrew is very busy and I’ve recently become a father – so getting time away from home is difficult!

We met up the night before at a mountaineering cottage in Feshiebridge. After a couple of drams (Cardhu and Highland Park) we got some sleep, ready for an early start the next morning.

Andrew runs a flow, weather and rainfall monitoring network in the Feshie and he needed to head out and download data from loggers and measure rainfall from the storage gauges. Having discussed mutual interests, we both wanted to visit the site together and develop our discussions. Watch this space!

You can read more about the River Feshie on the National River and Flow Archive.

Here are some photos from the day (and night before).

After a little fight I got the coal going in the hut stove.

After a little fight I got the coal going in the hut stove.

Feshie catchment as defined by the SEPA gauge at Feshiebridge (delineated in GRASS using OS Panorama)

Feshie catchment as defined by the SEPA gauge at Feshiebridge (delineated in GRASS using OS Panorama).

Looking back to the track we used for access, small red dot is the truck...

Looking back to the track we used for access, small red dot is the truck.

Andrew and a weather station, note the missing anemometer cup - likely blown off!

Andrew and a weather station, note the missing anemometer cup – likely blown off!

A slightly damp lens attempt at taking a shot of a stream running under the snow pack. Note the not frozen vegetation.

A slightly damp lens attempt at taking a shot of a stream running under the snow pack. Note the not frozen vegetation.

Snowmelt in action. Hard to argue this isn't important for Scottish hydrology!

Snowmelt in action. Hard to argue this isn’t important for Scottish hydrology!

Our tracks finding a safe way back to the truck, Andrew's are the ones slightly closer to the edge...

Our tracks finding a safe way back to the truck, Andrew’s are the ones slightly closer to the edge…

Gratuitous shot of the Edinburgh GeoSciences 4x4. Note the large cornices on the opposite side of the glen.

Gratuitous shot of the Edinburgh GeoSciences 4×4. Note the large cornices on the opposite side of the glen.

Andrew measuring out rainfall into a calibrated cylinder.

Andrew measuring out rainfall into a calibrated cylinder.

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