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

Following our successful ladies only training and assessment in late June, we are hoping to offer the training 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 if you are interested.

Other training coming up soon....details and dates to follow.

  • Wader-friendly farming - a farm visit looking at practical methods, machinery and funding to make simple changes with no loss to the farm business. September 2015, Strathspey.
  • Biological Recorder's Forum - an update on the huge amount of work under way by various groups in the Park, and a look at how to engage the next generation. September 2015, Lecht.
  • Ticks and Lyme Disease - awareness and management for the rural sector. Autumn 2015.
  • Lambing - Spring 2016

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]