This project has been commissioned by the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme to provide the Isle of Bute with its first full Holocene (the last 10,000 years) pollen diagram. The island is one of the few Scottish islands not to have such a study undertaken on it and as thus the history of vegetational change on
Bute is currently not well understood. The island does have a rich archaeological history, which can be seen to stretch back to the Mesolithic period (c.8800-4000 years ago). This has been recently publicized in the excellent Archaeological Landscape of Bute by Geddes and Hale (2010).
This part of the project will now be looking to extend this work and build a Master Chronology for vegetation change on