May 2011. A Masters student project to provide important new information on Intermediate Wintergreen populations in the Park is now underway.
Nora Mielke, who is studying for her MRes in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Aberdeen, commenced her summer research project this month under the supervision of Dr Sarah Dalrymple and CRPP project officer Andy Scobie. Nora’s project will examine Intermediate Wintergreen populations at a wide range of sites in the Cairngorms National Park providing important new information on the ecology and habitat requirements of the species.
Nora has a busy schedule of field surveys ahead of her and will visit sites on Deeside and Strathspey during June and early July where she will examine a selection of Intermediate Wintergreen populations. Detailed measurements will be taken on factors such as population size and extent, rosette density, flowering rate, vegetation height and density, and associated species diversity.
Nora will spend the remainder of July and August back in Aberdeen analysing the data and writing-up the findings for her thesis. Information from Nora’s study will be combined with existing information on Intermediate Wintergreen and utilised to create a set of ‘best-practice’ management guidelines to promote the long-term survival and spread of Intermediate Wintergreen in the Park.