To date (February 2012) over 50 RP applications, covering 24 square kilometres, have been successfully submitted under the banner of the Strathspey Waders and Wetlands Initiative. These include options with specialist plans for wetlands, mown and grazed grasslands, species-rich grasslands with breeding wader interests and cropped fields. These plans will bring in more than £1m to farmers for the management of breeding wader and wetland habitats in Strathspey in the next five years.
In 2011, the Cairngorm National Park Authority provided funding to buy rush topping equipment for loan to Strathspey farmers, which is out on farms in the Strath between August and March each year. If you are a farmer in Strathspey and would like to borrow this equipment, please contact Bridget England on 01463 715000.
Between 2012 and 2014, extensive habitat surveys were carried out on nine farms, and land management carried out on eight of these, primarily rush management and scrape creation. A training session on scrape creation was carried out on one of the farms.
There is an ongoing programme of advocacy, PR work and sand training events backed up by materials, which include a suite of SWWI leaflets and an information poster.