Park Talk

Park Talk

One of the great things about the Cairngorms National Park is our wildlife. Not only is it part of our life support system providing us with clear air, water and food, our wildlife is fascinating and beautiful too. It also provides jobs. People plough many millions of pounds into our local economy when they come on holiday to enjoy our wildlife spectacles. Binocular and cameras at the ready and accompanied by knowledgeable guides they rise early from their beds to inhabit hides to get the best...

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In the Park

In the Park

As our plane touched down at Nairobi airport I began to believe that a long held dream of mine was at last coming true.  For some of us of a certain age the word Serengeti conjures up memories of Armand and Michaela Denis.  During the 1950s and 1960s they were familiar faces on our TV screens regularly broadcasting their Friday evening programme On Safari from Kenya.  At an impressionable age as I was then, they must have had a profound effect, for since then I’ve often...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

Last week the CNPA Board adopted the new Local Development Plan, it has been four years in the making and is the first for the entire Cairngorms National Park, as it now includes Atholl and Glen Shee. Four years may seem an exceptionally long time to most people just to create a plan, but there is a good reason. It started back in 2010 when 1500 keen folk, attended meetings across the Park to help prepare visions for their communities. The Main Issues Report came out in 2011 with information...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

The National Park goals of conservation, visitor experience and sustainable communities are best achieved by people altering their behaviour and we need to focus on things and places where we have the power to make change happen. We can compare how our brain works with a wee mahout – an elephant driver – riding on an elephant. The elephant is the unconscious or emotional part of our brain. The wee mahout is the conscious or rational part. Most of the time, the mahout is in charge and...

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In the Park

In the Park

That most perceptive of journalists, Andrew Marr, observed at the end of his recent television series  A History of Modern Britain that, “It remains a fantastic stroke of luck to be born British”.  That quote came to mind last weekend.  We were in London visiting the grandchildren and celebrating one of those significant birthdays which seem to come round more and more frequently.  We went to the Wyndham Theatre to see Michael Bartlett’s new play King...

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