Sophie was part of the Quadrat Scotland team of surveyors on the hills of Ben Lawers (1214m) and the Breadlebane Mountains for monitoring deer and sheep grazing. This conservation area (Ben Lawers SAC) not only supports many nationally rare plants but also Annex 1 European Habitats including freshwater lochs, Salix scrub, Subapline and alpine calcareous grassland and hydrophilious tall herb fringe communities. This latter community tyically appears as a luxuriant green swathe of plants such as roseroot, water avens and wild angelica hanging of rock ledges that are inaccessible to animals and usually humans!
In 2008 site condition monitoring of SSSI's in Arran and Orkney and near Glasgow for SNH offered more upland habitats and improved surveying techniques of tall herb ledges and very windy dry heath!
Vegetation surveys to understand grazing patterns on the island of Rum were also undertaken, enjoying good views of red deer, Rum ponies, wild goats and highland cattle.