Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

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

Willow Spiling – Green Engineering for River Banks. FREE. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE to Thursday 9th November, 10 to approx. 12am, Aviemore 

A visit to the River Spey at Aviemore with Duncan Ferguson, Spey Fishery Board, to learn about the innovative willow spiling installed in spring 2017 to stabilise eroding banks. See the site six months on, discuss the technique and its pros and cons and explore its potential. Suitable for owners and managers of riverside land, contractors looking to diversify and anyone else with a professional interest. Followed by refreshments at the Old Bridge Inn. Contact Penny to book.


The Soil Association are running the following event in the Park…

AECS and Pains with ScotFWAG: Getting to Grips with Agri-Environment Schemes, Wednesday 29 November, 1.30-4pm, Monzie Farm, Blair Atholl

Muddled by your moorland management plan? Wondering about wader grazed grassland? Or just pure scunnered by species rich grassland? Are you trying to get to grips with AECS, or wondering how managing your land differently could impact production?

This event will look at ‘win-win’ situations, where agri-environmental management can benefit both wildlife and production. We will also spend time exploring some of the practicalities and challenges associated with applying for and managing land under an AECS scheme.

Bring your draft plans along on the day for discussion with our experts from the newly relaunched ScotFWAG.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Free of charge to farmers, crofters and land managers. Booking is essential as places are limited. Booking can be done online or by emailing or calling Jane on 0131 666 2474.


More courses to be announced soon.

Don’t miss out! Contact Penny Lawson, t. 01479 870519 for more information on any of the above courses, to be added to our email mailing list for news of more courses, or to talk to us about what training you need.



Cairngorms Forest and Woodland Strategy Review – Scoping Meeting 15th March 2017

CFWS meeting notes


Current Strategy – Penny Lawson, CNPA

National Policy Context – John Risby, FCS

Enhancing Natural Capital – Andrew Heald, Confor

Value of Woodlands For Nature – David Hetherington, CNPA

New Strategy Proposals – Will Boyd Wallis, CNPA

 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Research, Conservation and Partnership in the Cairngorms, 23rd March 2017

Snowbed Bryophytes – Neil Bell

Alpine Blue Sow Thistle in the Cairngorms – Aline Finger and Natacha Frachon

Montane Lichens – Rebecca Yahr


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