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Safeguard the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms National Park, in Scotland, hosts our wildest mountain range, largest native forests and some of our most pristine rivers and lochs. This majestic and beautiful landscape is home to rare and endangered wildlife such as the Wildcat, Red squirrel and Freshwater pearl mussel.

Together we can protect this special landscape. 

Update April 2014: Springfield Properties, the developer behind An Camas Mor, has announced they have pulled out of their partnership with landowner, the Rothiemurchus Estate. They planned to build a new town, near Aviemore, likely to impact on the sensitive habitats of the Cairngorms National Park. Whilst the Rothiemurchus Estate is to seek a new developer to work with, this is a major set back for this development.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority is set to approve four new developments which we consider will cause a major adverse impact to protected habitats and species.

Uniting under the banner ‘Safeguard the Cairngorms’, with wildlife charities Badenoch & Strathspey Conservation Group (BSCG), The Cairngorms Campaign and The Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP),  we object to these developments and are challenging the legality of this decision.

BSCG

Cairngorms National Park © BSCG

An appeal has been lodged with the UK Supreme Court but the costs are high. Join us in our stand against these developments and defend our national park and help us raise £30,000. This will enable us to cover the cost of the appeal so together we can 'Safeguard the Cairngorms'.

We believe that the National Park Authority's assessment of the potential adverse impacts of these developments was unacceptable. The National Park Authority should have, and was able to, undertake a more rigorous scientific appraisal of impacts on wildlife of international importance than it chose to.

We do not consider that deferring an assessment to the later stages in the planning approval process, which has been the National Park Authority's approach, will provide the protection that Scotland's most treasured natural areas should receive.

Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) © S. Falk

If we are successful in this appeal more thorough assessment, to ensure the protection of protected wildlife and landscapes in the Cairngorms, could also help encourage better protection of important natural areas throughout the UK and Europe.

Watch our short film to find out more about the developments and use the guides to find out more about why the Cairngorms are so special, the sites that are under threat and the special species that are endangered by the developments.

Safegarding the Cairngorms is a partnership campaign between Buglife, BSCG, The Cairngorms Campaign and SCNP