The Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH) has its own survey team - John Barnard and Graham Jackson, with occasional
assistance from others. With professional surveying equipment at their disposal they are able to measure heights and drops to 0.1m
or better which enables them to resolve most hill-related problems. They have produced detailed reports of each of their surveys, which you can
download (MS Word format) by clicking the document links in the Survey report column below.
The team has mainly concentrated their efforts on the hills which are borderline for inclusion on the various lists. Among
their notable achievements are the discovery that Mynydd Graig Goch tops 2000ft, that Sgurr nan Ceannaichean is under 3000ft so loses its Munro status,
and confirmation that Tryfan is a 3000 footer (3010ft in fact).
For more background information about the survey team and their methods, see the
Database Notes section of the DoBIH website. If you would like
to contribute towards the maintenance of the database, in particular towards the expense of purchasing and operating the survey equipment, please use the "Donate" button on the
You may also find John and Graham's article about survey accuracy informative,
along with a Performance Evaluation Trimble GeoXH6000 vs Leica Viva GS15.
They have also written an informative article on the use of the Abney Level, a
small, light-weight piece of survey equipment you may wish to acquire and carry in your rucksack.