Land Management Training Project

Since 2011 the Land Management Training Project has delivered bespoke training events and supported short rural skills courses for land based businesses within, or partly within, the Cairngorms National Park.

During 2015/16 we will be continuing to support training in key practical rural skills by reimbursing 30% of the cost of short courses in topics such as off road vehicle driving, chainsaw operation, deer stalking, habitat monitoring, pesticide use and first aid. Find out how to claim via our quick and easy application process here.

We will also be running a series of free courses and events open to everyone on a range of subjects of broad interest to land managers. Keep an eye on this page for updates on what’s happening throughout the year, or email [email protected] to be added to our email circulation list.

Courses and Events for 2015


Females Only Deer Stalking, DSC1, Week Beginning 16th November 2015, Ballindalloch

Following our successful ladies only training and assessment in late June, we are offering this unique opportunity again later this year. Despite initial nerves, the trainees enjoyed the two days and came away with renewed confidence and enthusiasm for a sport traditionally regarded as the male domain. One trainee commented afterwards, 'Every aspect of stalking was covered, from the fascinating physiology of deer - four stomachs and scent glands between their toes - to the practicalities of how to carry a rifle. We supported each other through, and all made it out the other side with our Level 1 certificates.'

The cost of the training will be subsidised by 50% (approx cost to trainees £130). Please let us know ASAP if you are interested.

Biological Recorder's Forum, Boat of Garten, Saturday 24th October, FREE

Who is recording what in the Cairngorms, and how can you get involved? An essential event for any local enthusiasts interested in helping to record our rich diversity of plant and animal life, with updates and opportunities presented by a wide range of groups and projects.

Rush Control without Chemicals, Kingussie, 5th November, FREE

In partnership with the Soil Association, SRUC and RSPB, a practical look at non-chemical ways to improve farm productivity and wildlife habitat by controlling rush encroachment, including a farm visit to discuss different management options and machinery demos. Book through the Soil Association, email [email protected]

Pesticide Spraying - new certificate to replace 'Grandfather Rights'

Anyone born before 31st Dec 1964 and currently using pesticides under 'Grandfather Rights' will need a Certificate of Competence after the end of this November, details here. Until the end of the year we will reimburse 50% of the cost of this training and assessment, saving you around £120. You will need to make your own arrangements through Ringlink Services or another training company, then claim back through the LMTP as usual.


We are also considering running courses locally in dry stone dyking and lime mortar for traditional buildings - please let us know if you are interested.


For details on any of the above, contact

Penny Lawson
Tel: 01479 870519 or email: [email protected]