A wild landscape in the making

Cairngorms Connect is a partnership of neighbouring land managers, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park.

About Cairngorms Connect


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Cairngorms Connect Projects


What we're working on right now.

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Big Ideas

Highlights Report

An update on progress 

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Since 2019...

Non-native conifer removalNon-native conifer removal 5791 hectares
Pinewood field layer grazed or cutPinewood field layer grazed or cut 1122 hectares
Scots pine plantation restructuringScots pine plantation restructuring 1914 hectares
Staff employed across the partnershipStaff employed across the partnership 60+ full time equivalent
Deer management across the entire areaDeer management across the entire area 60000 hectares
Peatland restorationPeatland restoration 1184.5 hectares
Floodplain restorationFloodplain restoration 20 hectares
New native woodland plantedNew native woodland planted 1253 hectares
Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme funding spent locallyEndangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme funding spent locally £1929845

Illustrations by Holly Acland

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Latest News

May 17, 2024

Cairngorms Connect Deer Stalker Jack Ward reflects on an unbelievably special week of wildlife sightings during his work across the Cairngorms Connect Partnership area. 

May 1, 2024

Hen Harriers are one of the most persecuted birds of prey in the UK, but over the past five years they have found a refuge at Wildland Cairngorms and the number of successful nests there are rising rapidly.

Apr 4, 2024

Between 2021 and 2024, Cairngorms Connect collaborated with artists Elizabeth Reeder and Amanda Thomson and local communities, to create a Commonplace Book for the Cairngorms.

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