The Cairngorms Rare Plants Project will implement urgently needed conservation action for four of Scotland’s threatened plants at sites in the Cairngorms National Park. By examining key populations of the target plants, synthesising previous studies and published reports, working alongside land managers and conservation experts, this project will develop and deliver targeted management action to address the individual conservation requirements of the target species.
Work will be undertaken to conserve and enhance populations which are currently in favourable condition, and positive management steps will be taken to recover those which are not. Where knowledge of the target species is currently incomplete this project will establish new studies to address this. Trials with long-term monitoring will be set up to test the effectiveness of existing and new management techniques and information gained from these trials will contribute to the development of future conservation strategies for the target plants and other rare plants in the UK.
By encouraging the recording and sharing of information on the location and status of the target species with land managers, conservation organisations, local groups and volunteers, and by raising awareness of the conservation issues that they face, it is hoped that populations of these plants in the Cairngorms National Park will be safeguarded long into the future.