Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Cairngorms Nature Action Plan

Cairngorms Nature and the Cairngorms Nature Action Plan (CNAP) were successfully launched by Richard Lochhead on Saturday 18 May 2013.

The Action Plan builds on the foundations laid by the Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2002 – 2013. CNAP describes what we agree are the most important things to do over the next five years and provides a focus for the work of partners.

The Cairngorms Nature Strategy Group will provide strategic leadership of Cairngorms Nature, overseeing the development of the partnership and the delivery of the Action Plan.

Species Restoration

One of a number of reports which has helped inform the Cairngorms Nature Action Plan is Assessing the Potential for the Restoration of Vertebrate Species in the Cairngorms National Park. This report explores the positive and negative aspects of species restoration. As a result, the Action Plan recommends investigating the potential for the return of Eurasian Beavers and Common Cranes to the Park.

Capercaillie Framework

Capercaillie are a high profile species synonymous with the Cairngorms and its forests. The Capercaillie Framework aims to improve conservation for capercaillie in its remaining UK stronghold. It also provides a practical way to address some of the challenges and tensions between conservation, tourism and development that go to the heart of why the Cairngorms National Park exists. View an infographic here.

Tackling Wildlife Crime

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dr Aileen McLeod visited the National Park on 18th January 2015 and met with a number of Cairngorms land owners. The meeting discussed ways to collaborate on a range of issues including addressing raptor persecution and conservation. The National Park is internationally renowned for the quality of its nature and as a tourism destination. The National Park Authority is working with landowners and others to ensure we see an end to incidents of raptor persecution in the National Park, and more positively, collaborate on delivering raptor conservation as part of a wider approach to delivering habitat and species diversity.

For more information


Andy Ford Cairngorms Nature Manager, tel 01479 870558