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Water margins focus of CNPA’s first public benefit course

1st November 2004

There will be a water margins management course in Ballater on Wednesday 17 November, and those with an interest in the management of water margins are encouraged to sign up for the course.

The event, at the Glen Lui Hotel has been organised by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) as part of its Land Based Business Training Project, which can part-fund or fully-fund a variety of training solutions for those working in the land based sector.

Funded by the CNPA and the European Social Fund, the Land Based Business Training Project encourages all those working on estates, farms, crofts, nurseries, woodlands – in fact any business related to the management of the land – to apply to the scheme.

Training courses cover a wide range of needs including the use and maintenance of machinery, equipment and vehicles; environmental courses; IT and business skills and health and safety.  In addition, training that will provide public benefits are fully-funded by the programme.

This particular public benefit course ‘Water Margin Management and Wildlife’, looks at the current issues for freshwater systems and water margins in relation to conservation, legislation and water quality. Delegates are also taught how to access financial assistance to help them carry out practical work.

Speakers from various organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Agricultural College, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Spey Research Trust and the Dee Fishery Board are delivering practical advice and information at the training event.

Kate Christie, the CNPA’s Land Based Business Project Manager said; “Land based businesses are a significant and valuable resource in the Park and all of them can help us to deliver the four aims of the National Park.  Therefore access to training and financial assistance towards courses is vital.

Since the project began we have assisted almost 300 individuals looking for a variety of training solutions.  We are able to find trainers and influence course dates and locations to suit the time commitments unique to land based businesses.

The water margins course is the first in a series of fully funded public benefit courses organised by the CNPA.  Future public benefit courses we aim to facilitate include a course on Cairngorms wildlife, their habitats and identification, and training on the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code.”

For more information on the Land Based Business Training Project contact Kate Christie or Sam Masson on tel: 01479 870535 or 870537 or email: [email protected] / [email protected]