Highlands & Islands

New draft plans published for Cairngorms National Park

Scottish wildcat. Pic: RSPB Scotland
Image caption Scottish wildcats are among the species the park authority wants to protect

Draft plans on how the Cairngorms National Park should be managed over the next five years has been put out for public consultation.

Priorities suggested include improving woodland and wetlands, greater protection of wildlife and habitats and reducing the park's carbon footprint.

Tackling the illegal poisoning of birds and helping rare species, such as Scottish wildcats are mentioned.

The draft plan covers 2012-17 and main issues report deals with development.

Cairngorms National Park Authority convener David Green said the plan set out a vision for an "outstanding" national park.

He said the priorities would affect land managers, communities and visitors to the park.

Mr Green added: "We will do our very best to manage this but we need everyone's help in telling us what the priorities should be and how they can help make it happen."

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