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Covid-19 update: Carrbridge Capercaillie Conservation Strategy

One of the project’s essential areas of work is to help communities create and deliver their own community-led actions for capercaillie.

The community of Carrbridge is leading the way with this work and will be the first to deliver it’s very own capercaillie conservation strategy. This critical step will help to guide other communities in the National Park who also care about capercaillie.

An initial version of Carrbridge’s Capercaillie Conservation Strategy was due to be delivered to households from 23 March and residents invited to feedback on the strategy until 8 May, including via a drop-in event in the village scheduled for 2 May. This event was to be attended by project staff and senior members of CNPA and Board members.

The publication and consultation on the strategy; the publication of the full questionnaire results that underpin the strategy; and the drop-in event have now been postponed due to the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Carrbridge Capercaillie Group, who are responsible for developing the strategy, stated that … “In light of the current and exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, we feel that this is neither the time nor the place right now to release it, as people’s concerns at the moment, quite rightly, will only be for their health, their family, their businesses and their communities.” Full correspondence below.

The CNPA wholeheartedly supports this decision in these exceptional and difficult times. The Scottish Government’s public health guidelines will continue to be monitored and community leaders consulted to decide when the process can resume as per originally planned.

These changes have been outlined by the Cairngorms National Park Authority in a letter to Carrbridge residents available here. The letter has been distributed digitally within the community thanks to the support of the Community Council and Cllr Bill Loban.

20 Mar 2020

Dear Andy and Carolyn,

I am writing on behalf of the Carrbridge Capercaille group.  Further to your email regarding the release of our Carrbridge Capercaille Conservation Strategy due to go out for community consultation on 23 March, we have all taken the very difficult decision to delay this. 

In light of the current and exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, we feel that this is neither the time not the place right now to release it, as people’s concerns at the moment, quite rightly, will only be for their health, their family, their businesses and their communities.

We also do not yet know how all of this will affect our community, and the community and our priorities may change; therefore we think it better to delay publication and review the strategy post COVID 19 to make sure it remains meaningful and appropriate. So we would like to reschedule the date of release of our Strategy and of the supporting documents for consultation to 30 June 2020.

However, even this date will be under review as the situation and government guidance changes. We are all extremely sad that it has come to this, but feel optimistic that when it does finally come out we will be through this awful crisis and it will give people something positive to work towards.

With very best wishes and thanks for all your help getting us to this point.

Issie Inglis on behalf of The Carrbridge Capercaillie Group

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