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Facilities @ SCENE

A £7M investment in 2007 expanded the research, teaching and learning capacity of our centre. The focus of our activity is to better understand and protect our environment and work towards the global challenge of reconciling the exploitation of natural resources with effective conservation and resource management. We are in an outstanding position to support a generation of researchers in tackling both basic and applied questions presenting global challenges, from biodiversity loss to pollution and environmental change.

Facility expansion

The “Maitland Building” provides high quality wet and dry field laboratories, an aquarium and space for experimental studies. Office space is available for resident and visiting scientists and research students and it offers accommodation for the use of researchers working in the field. These facilities form the platform from which our scientists and their collaborators from across the globe, are working towards a better understanding of our environment, how it works, and how we can best protect it.

We have also expanded our learning and teaching facilities at SCENE. The Harry Slack Building provides state-of-the-art field teaching facilities and residential accommodation for visiting groups to study and learn about the natural environment in situ. Modern lecture, dining and laboratory facilities are available for visiting field course groups of up to 43. A range of field sampling equipment and a well-founded basic field laboratory is also available here.

Why choose SCENE for your training needs?

Or facilities are available for visiting universities and international researchers.  Visiting user groups run teaching and learning exercises of a few days to up to two weeks in subjects including terrestrial ecology, limnology, invertebrate sampling, the ecology of small mammals, freshwater biology, wildlife management, fisheries management, soil science, environmental monitoring, field sampling techniques, geology and a host of other environmental topics. SCENE can provide access to spectacular examples of a range of  habitat types for research and teaching purposes. These include lakes, streams, woodland, moor and mountain. Follow this link to discover more about Habitat types.

List of facilities

In-house facilities

  • Fully equipped wet and dry laboratories
  • Constant temperature chambers
  • Fish holding units
  • Observation tanks
  • Video recording and analysis equipment
  • Artificial streams
  • Technical support
  • Local workshop
  • Vehicles
  • Full range of OS maps and bathymetric charts
  • Field genetics facility
  • Datasets

Field sampling

  • Suite of aquatic and terrestrial sampling equipment
  • 8 metre research vessel
  • Portable, inflatable boat
  • 6.5 metre research vessel
  • 4 metre RIB speedboat
  • Portable, inflatable boat
  • Landrover (for off-road sites)
  • Technically qualified staff (boat handling, animal handling etc)


  • Fully equipped office space, including broadband internet access
  • Administrative support
  • Library

Living spaces

  • En-suite single rooms with communal kitchen and sitting room
  • Apartments for researchers
  • Multiple occupancy bedrooms
  • Self-contained suites with beautiful views over the Dubh Loch and Ben Lomond

Local habitats

  • Freshwater lochs and rivers
  • Broadleaf and coniferous woodlands
  • Mountain and moorland
  • Loch Lomond islands
  • Agricultural pastureland


New SCENE Building

Sampling fish

Interior of Maitland Building

Exterior shot of building with flowers

Exterior shot of side of building

Colin outdoor discussion

Dubh boat on loch

Conference room

Exterior teaching photo

© Jim Caryl – Used with permission.

The scene from the front dock


Ben Lomond reflected in Loch Lomond