Cairngorms National Park

The snowy mountains of Cairngorms

Land Management

Our Land Management Training and Knowledge Exchange programme aims to support and encourage people employed in estate management, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other types of land-based businesses in the Park to improve their skills and expand their knowledge.

Man digging on heather moorInvesting in Rural Skills

During 2017 we are 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 and pesticide use. You can apply now for the subsidy for any eligible training taking place.

Find out how to claim via our quick and easy application process

Courses and Events for 2017

We are also 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 out for updates on what’s happening throughout the year on this page, on our events page here, or email [email protected] to be notified by email.

If you have any training needs or topics of interest which you would like us to include in this year’s programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss them.

If you have a sensory or other disability which means you require additional support to take part in training or events, please get in touch in advance to discuss how we can help.


Waking up your Bees for Spring, Sunday 5th March, 3.00 – 5.00, St Johns Episcopal Church, Rothiemurchus

Details on Spey Beekeepers Newsletter, all welcome to this FREE event with refreshments. Contact Spey Beekeepers Association or Penny to book.


fernsAlpine Lichens, Snowbed Bryophytes and More – A morning of talks from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Thursday 23rd March, 9.30 – 12.30, Grant Arms, Grantown on Spey

A great chance to learn from the experts about important on-going research in the Cairngorms. See Poster for more details. FREE event with refreshments. Book via Penny.


Lambing, Monday 20th March, 9.00 – 3.00, Strathspey (venue TBC)

Back by popular demand, a hands-on, practical course with trainer Jim Marr. Subsidised by CNPA, approx. £20 per person. Contact Bruce McConachie for more details and booking.


All about Fungi, Thursday 7th September, 9.30 – 16.30, Boat of Garten

We are delighted to welcome back expert Liz Holden for an indoor morning learning about fungal biology followed by a chance to try out identification skills in the woods. Book early via Penny for this fascinating course. FREE, lunch included.


DSC1 Deer Stalking, four day training and assessment course offered by the North Highlands College in partnership with SNH at Creag Meagaidh NNR, start dates 13th March and 13th May. Cost £300, reduced to £210 for Cairngorms candidates eligible for the CNPA 30% rural skills subsidy. Details and booking here. The college are also running a Larder Training Day which includes shooting skills on 6th March and 13th May, cost £125 (£87.50 with rural skills subsidy).


Contact Penny Lawson, t. 01479 870519 for more information on any of the above courses, or to talk to us about what training you need.



 Strategic Research Programme – Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact: Strategy Development Meeting 1st November 2016


Anke Fischer – Research on Recreation and Wellbeing

Beth Wells – A Whole Catchment Approach to Cryptosporidium Control

David Clyne – Active Cairngorms

Graeme Cook – The Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact

Jane Atterton – Place-based Policy Research

Justin Irvine – Monitoring Peatland Condition in Scotland: Ongoing work at JHI

Justin Irvine – Woodland Expansion

Lee Innes – Environment and Zoonoses

Mark Wilkinson – Nature-based Upstream Storage Features to Manage Flood Risk

Ruth Mitchell – Tree Health: The Implications of Tree Diseases on the Wider Environment

Stephen Corcoran – Challenges to Peatland Restoration in the Cairngorms

Susan Cooksley – Catchment Partnerships: Working Together, Getting Things Done

Will Boyd-Wallis – Cairngorms Forest & Woodland Framework

Meeting Report and Outcomes


Cairngorms Forests – where next? Tuesday 28th June 2016   PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE BELOW

The Cairngorms National Park is celebrated for its outstanding woodland, from productive conifer plantations to ancient Caledonian pinewoods and diverse native broadleaf woodlands in the straths. This event at the Lonach Hall, Strathdon, brought together over 100 land owners, foresters, farmers, agents and others with an interest in Cairngorms forests and woodlands to hear a wide range of excellent speakers from the sector talk about why, where and how we can expand and enhance our woodland even further.


James Hepburne Scott – Forest Carbon funding and the Tweed Forum

Hamish Trench – National Park Partnership Plan 2017 – 2022

Gordon Brown – An Estate’s Perspective on Woodland Expansion

David Frew – Native pinewood restoration alongside Sporting Management

Davy McCracken – Farm Woodland Creation and Enhancement

David Robertson – The Value of Productive Forests in the Park

Ian Cowe – Forestry Grant Scheme

Kenny Kortland – Pinewood Enhancement for Biodiversity

Andy Ford  – Cairngorms Nature Update

David Hetherington – A Vision for Woodland in the Cairngorms

Discussion Notes

Bracken: Frond or Foe? A workshop on bracken control, Tuesday 12th July 2016, Auchnerran Farm, near Dinnet

helicopterOver 40 people enjoyed hearing about when, why and how to control bracken, then watching practical demonstrations (including some skilled helicopter acrobatics) of equipment in action. Click below to see the presentations from this event.

Simon Thorp – Bracken Control

Jeanette Hall- A Conservation Perspective

Bruce McConachie – Funding Options