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.
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