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Dr Andy Scobie,
Project Officer

Cairngorms Rare Plants Project
Scottish Natural Heritage,
Achantoul, Aviemore,
PH22 1QD

Tel: +44 (0) 1479 810477
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The project
Why conserve them?
  • All four species have undergone considerable declines in the UK and have been identified as national conservation priorities in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and the Species Action Framework for Scotland.

  • Habitat loss and unsuitable land management practices have left remaining populations of these plants in a vulnerable condition and, if nothing is done to conserve them, they may ultimately face extinction.

  • The Cairngorms National Park is the UK stronghold for Twinflower and Intermediate Wintergreen making this the ideal place to implement conservation action to safeguard the long-term future of these species in the UK.

  • Small Cow-wheat and Lesser Butterfly-orchid are both currently restricted to only a few sites in the Cairngorms National Park, with their UK strongholds occurring elsewhere in Scotland. However, historical records suggest that they were once more widespread in the Park and it is hoped that implementation of targeted conservation management will help to secure and expand their current populations.

  • By implementing favourable conservation management for these key species a wide range of other plant species sharing similar habitats are also likely to benefit.
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