A group of six trainees have put their best foot forward by carrying out conservation work on the Glenlivet Estate.
The participants are currently on a six-month Environmental Conservation training course run by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of The Mountains and The People project.
During their fortnight on the Estate, the trainees were involved in a range of conservation activities, including clearing out overgrown ponds, maintaining the Estate’s nature trails, building owl boxes, benches and other general conservation work.
Vicky Hilton, The Crown Estate’s countryside manager for the Glenlivet Estate, said: “The work which the trainees carried out over the past fortnight will really help maintain the Estate's rich biodiversity and ensure it’s a resource which members of the public can access easily and enjoy.
“Our wildlife ponds are thriving with a variety of species but can often become choked and overgrown with weeds, which can be detrimental to wildlife, as well as making the ponds inaccessible for school groups.
“It takes a great team effort to clear them out and the trainees gave it their all. They did a fantastic job during their time here and I’d like to thank them for all their efforts.”
The Mountains and The People is a five year long landscape scale conservation project led by The Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust. The project aims to protect the landscape heritage of Scotland’s two National Parks: Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs. It brings together and is funded by a range of partners including Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the two National Park Authorities, with match funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Keith Mackey, project supervisor, said “Working on the Glenlivet Estate has been a great experience for our team, giving them time away for their core role of repairing eroded mountain paths and the chance to learn more about the wildlife and biodiversity of the countryside.
“This was a very hands-on placement, meaning they had the opportunity to actually play at part in conserving wildlife on the Estate, as well as the chance to learn new skills such as tree felling.”
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