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Student looking at the recovery potential of degraded Racomitrium heath, Creag Meagaidh NNR.  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Invereshie and Inshriach NNR İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Rural Skills at Creag Meagaidh NNR

Lantra award under the Rural Skills programme

SNH staff members Rory Richardson, Ross Lavin and Francois Chazel have received a recognition award from Lantra, under the Rural Skills programme, for providing practical land management experience to S3 children from Kingussie High School.

Gaining new skills, experience and qualifications

The S3 pupils have been visiting NNRs one day each fortnight over two years to undertake practical and monitoring work, including:

  • building maintenance at Invereshie & Inshriach NNR
  • path/track repair work and tree planting at Creag Meagaidh NNR.

This has allowed them to gain estate management and conservation experience through Scottish Progression Award modules approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 

The vocational study time allowed the youngsters understand local issues and identify potential employers, as well as develop skills which will help them achieve nationally recognised qualifications.

Benefits all round

Reserves Officer, Rory, said:

 "This has been a worthwhile experience for the schoolchildren and it would be fair to say they've helped us as much as we've helped them! I'm also grateful to the school for providing the staff and time for us to teach the kids about aspects of land management here on their own doorstep."

"The kids have been brilliant throughout and have been keen to learn as much as they can about land management and the natural heritage."

Further information

To find out more about Rural Skills on East Highland NNRs please contact:



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