Cairngorms National Park LTSER - United Kingdom

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Site Name
Cairngorms National Park LTSER
Short name
Cairngorms LTSER
Country
United Kingdom
Site Manager
Keywords
aboveground biomass
Animal-plant interaction
atmospheric deposition
camera traps
community changes
community dynamics
community patterns
complex social-economic-ecological system
Conservation of biodiversity
decay rates
decomposition
eLTER catalogue
eLTER VA
GLORIA
human-nature relation
Interviews / questionnaires
pitfall traps
Socio-ecological
soil bulk density
soil chemical characteristics (pH, CEC, EC, C and N content, …)
TeaComposition
trapping
urban socioecosystem
Site Description
The Cairngorms National Park is one of 15 National Parks in the UK (one of two in Scotland) and is Britain's largest National Park. It is the location for some of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain and is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife and plants. http://cairngorms.co.uk/the-park/facts-figures/ The aims of the National Park are: • To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area; • To promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area; • To promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public; • To promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities. Cairngorms National Park, seven broad habitats can be identified: • Enclosed farmlands • Woodlands • Open waters (rivers, lochs, wetlands and floodplains) • Mountains • Moorland • Semi-natural grasslands • Urban • Population of c17,500 • 25.8% of population over 60 (higher than Scottish average) • Average health index in top 25% of Scotland (based on deprivation indices) • Extensive core paths network • 55 Munros including 5 summits over 4000 feet • 3 ski centres • National Cycle Network Route 7 • 1 Long Distance Route (Speyside Way) • Relatively low atmospheric pollution • Annual precipitation over 2250mm on summits and under 900mm in straths • Average annual snow cover 200 days on summits and 50 days on low-ground • Prevailing winds from south-west
Last modified
2020-03-02 04:03:16
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
existing
Year Established
2013
Purpose
The Cairngorm National Park has four aims which are: • To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area; • To promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area; • To promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public; • To promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities. In order to fulfil this purpose It is neccessary to obtain high quality data and knowledge about the socio-ecology of the park and as many research efforts are concentrated in the Park we view LTSER platform as practical vehical to focus our activities
History
A memorandum of understanding to formally create an LTSER platform signed 2013 but the parties had been working collaboratively for many years previously (cira 1980)
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Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park

A winter scene in Cairngorms National Park

A winter scene in Cairngorms National Park

Winter recreation in Cairngorms National Park

Winter recreation in Cairngorms National Park

Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge, Cairngorms National Park LTSER

Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge, Cairngorms National Park LTSER

typical winter scene Cairngorms National Park

typical winter scene Cairngorms National Park

Geographic
Size
452800.00ha
Elevation (average)
800.00msl
Elevation (min)
200.00msl
Elevation (max)
1309.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
UK ECN (LTER_EU_UK_059)This site is a verified "UK ECN" member.
INTERACTThe affiliation of this site with "INTERACT" is not verified.
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