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Cairngorms National Park

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About the project

The Cairngorms Scenic Photo Posts project is a long-term initiative designed and set up by the Cairngorms National Park Authority with support and funding from the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Citizen science and our future landscapes

This is a citizen science project with the public gathering photographic information that will help us all to better understand and track landscape and habitat change in the National Park. The photographs that people upload will be available to everyone through the website. We think that these photographs will be useful and interesting whether you wish to observe the seasonal change of colours or the patterns of snow lie, or are studying the regeneration of trees and woodland and thinking about how our landscapes of the future might look.

The project is set to run for ten years from 2015.  A long lifespan is important so that the project can make a valuable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the National Park. Your help is vital to make this project work, so get out there with your cameras, phones and tablets! You can register to upload images as an individual or a group, making it an ideal project for walking clubs, schools and community groups to become involved in.

In 2016, the project was nominated for an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award, under the category of Innovation. We believe this project is the first of its kind in the UK –  to develop a fixed point photography project using dedicated hardware and involve members of the public.

The Cairngorms Scenic Photo Post project is linked to a sister project – The Wester Ross Scenic Photos Project, which was launched by Scottish Natural Heritage in April 2017.

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