Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and SRUC (Scotland’s rural college) recently teamed up to present a day’s discussion on “Biodiversity and Upland Farming” at the SRUC’s demonstration and research farm at Kirkton, near Crianlarich.
The day was focused on a number of conservation issues which covered everything from peatland restoration to black grouse and wader conservation, and discussions after the morning presentations were designed to give farmers and landowners a chance to exchange views and learn more about upland wildlife. The afternoon session involved a walk around some of the in-bye land to discuss habitat management techniques around water margins and funding for specialized conservation measures like “wader scrapes”, particularly related to managing liver fluke and grazing on wet ground.
Representatives from the National Park authority were on hand to discuss practical conservation matters throughout the day, and the Park’s role worked well in bringing farmers and scientists together to collaborate. There was a great deal of crossover between landscapes in Argyll and Galloway, and it is exciting to imagine ways that a National Park authority could benefit conservation and farming communities in the southwest!