Introduction

The Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is on a mission to enable more people to save our capercaillie from extinction.

Badenoch & Strathspey within the Cairngorms National Park is now home to around 90% of the UK’s capercaillie population. To save our capercaillie from extinction people who live, work and play in this area now have a critical role to play.

Estates and reserves across the Cairngorms National Park continue to work hard for capercaillie and past projects have made a significant difference, but an essential step-change is now required. To achieve this the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is exploring more collaborative ways of working that will see more people in the Park coming together to explore and decide collectively how they can help.

The village of Carrbridge is playing a pivotal role in this process; piloting the way and helping the project learn how to successfully enable communities to take the lead. Using this learning the project will go on to collaborate with other communities in the Park, whilst continuing to help Carrbridge achieve its vision for capercaillie.

Genuinely putting residents and visitors to the Park at the heart of capercaillie conservation is not without challenges but the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is up for it and extremely grateful for all the support received to date, in particular from Carrbridge residents. With the weight of support strongly in favour of making a positive difference for people and capercaillie around the village this wee website is designed primarily to keep the community of Carrbridge up to date and help as many people as possible to get involved.