Earlier this year, downy willow saplings were planted on the shores of Loch A’an in the Cairngorms. RSPB Visitor Experience Officer, Megan Jones, joined the Cairngorms Connect monitoring team to check in on these intrepid young trees, and reflects on her own relationship with this landscape of hope.
Golden eagles were once widespread throughout southern Scotland and indeed south of the border in England. However, now only two breeding pairs remain in the south of Scotland. With little breeding success and little movement between the main Scottish population of eagles it is now necessary to reinforce the southern population with young eagles from the Highlands. By Ronan Dugan, WildLand Conservation Assistant.
In January 2021, my university tutor informed me that ‘normally, there is an option to spend a trimester on a professional placement’. I didn't need to hear more; this was the dream opportunity I was waiting for! It was a challenge I accepted in the middle of a pandemic – but here I am, working with the Cairngorms Connect team as an Assistant Monitoring Officer intern.
Staff from Cairngorms Connect and Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) celebrated Moth Night (8-10 July) with a mothing training session for partnership staff and the CNPA Kickstart Rangers.
On my first day as Communications and Involvement Manager for Cairngorms Connect, I got lost in heavy rain and turned up late and soaking wet. It was a bad start, to what could have been a bad first day - but this omen couldn’t have been more wrong.
Criss-crossing trunks at drunken angles, broken lichen-scarred limbs, softly rotting wood beneath further freshly fallen trunks. These might be the nightmare visions of a deep dark wood, but if you dare to look a little closer, what you will actually discover is treasure. By Genevieve Tompkins, Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms Project Officer.