About MES

About Mountain Environment Services

Dr Cathy Mayne

I have lived and worked in the Highlands since 1988, after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Geography. I worked briefly with the Forestry Commision and then returned to academic study, completing a Diploma in Environmental Management at Stirling University in 1990 and a PhD in snowbed vegetation and climate change in 1996.

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After a short spell working on some ecological survey projects in the Cairngorms, I became a full-time outdoor instructor for 8 years, based in Strathspey. In 2002 I returned to ecology, mostly working at Cairn Gorm Mountain on the Funicular Monitoring Scheme, before moving to Scottish Natural Heritage at the start of 2010.


In 2017 I resurrected Mountain Environment Services and returned to consultancy work, bringing with me a strong knowledge base of the challenges and opportunities of managing designated sites, particularly complex upland sites with conflicting requirements, as well as a good background in deer management.

My hobbies are mountaineering, sea kayaking and mountain biking. Wherever and whenever possibleā€¦

I hope soon to resume membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and again be accepted as a Chartered Ecologist.