Cairngorms Wild Plants project

Building on the work of the Cairngorms Rare Plants Project, our new Cairngorms Wild Plants Project - covering both arctic-alpine flora and Caledonian pinewood – aims to secure the future of these habitats.

Our goals:

  • Provide advice, and demonstrate plant conservation management techniques, to 80 land managers covering at least 65,000 hectares.
  • Develop a new network of volunteers to regularly monitor sites where rare and threatened plants grow, enabling any changes in management to be made.
  • Train mountain leaders, park rangers and volunteer ambassadors to develop their knowledge of mountain flora, environments and folklore so they in turn can enthuse visitors.
  • Provide a range of plant identification keys and self-led walk guides so people can discover the wild plants of the Cairngorms.

Where are we working?

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Cairngorm Mountains

The largest area of ground over 900 metres in the UK, the Cairngorms plateau is home to some exceptional arctic-alpine plants. We're working hard to save them.

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Caledonian pinewoods

As well as the Scots pine, birches, rowan and juniper, ancient Caledonian pinewoods are home to some of Scotland’s rarest wildflowers.

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How's it going?


  • Funding is secured from LEADER



Who are we working with?

This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community (Cairngorms Local Action Group) LEADER 2014-2020 programme.