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Faecal Coliform Levels in Mountain Streams of Winter Recreation Zones in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Forrester, BJ and Stott, TA (2016) Faecal Coliform Levels in Mountain Streams of Winter Recreation Zones in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. Scottish Geographical Journal. ISSN 1470-2541

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Abstract

This study aims to establish the spatial distribution of stream water faecal coliform (FC) concentrations in specific winter recreation areas in the Northern Corries of the Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland. A total of 207 water samples were collected from 10 sites during two winter seasons (2007–2008 and 2008–2009) and analysed by Colilert® 24 for the presence of FC, specifically Escherichia coli (E. coli). E. coli was not detected at Sites 1–7, above 635 m. Sites 8, 9 and 10 (below 635 m) had positive detection rates for E. coli, these being 32%, 35% and 31%, respectively. Results provide important data on the level of faecal bacteria in selected Scottish mountain streams, whilst also providing comparative benchmark data for similar studies proposed in other UK upland recreational hotspots.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Scottish Geographical journal on 17/03/2016, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14702541.2016.1156731
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2017 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14702541.2016.1156731
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3292

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