GLACIATED UPLANDS

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					GLACIATED UPLANDS

   CAIRNGORMS
              LANDSCAPE
•   Large mountain mass of granite
•   Several summits over 900m
•   Heavily glaciated
•   Many corries facing north
•   Major glacial troughs
               Landuse 1
• Highest mountains are wildscape
• Recreational uses – climbing, walking.
• Corries on north slope of Cairngorm for
  skiing
              Landuse 2
• Middle height land for forestry.
• Some native (Scots Pine) estate managed
• Some Forestry Commission plantings of
  extensive coniferous – monotonous
• Some deer forest (open moorland
  managed for shooting)
• Public access on Forest Walks
              Landuse 3
• Low ground in valley mainly farmland
• Largely mixed and pastoral with sheep on
  higher ground
• Recreational use of lochs – boating,
  canoeing and fishing
• Urban development in Aviemore area.
                Conflicts
• Recreation and Tourism create pressures
  on upland – conflict with internationally
  valued wildscape ecology
• Estates protect upland for deer
  management and shooting- conflict with
  public access
• Forestry need to shut out deer to allow
  regeneration but fences restrict public
  access
         Mountain Conflicts
• Cairngorm Summit has a world recognised
  significance as an alpine environment
• Conservation is requirement under
  Environmental objectives
• Overuse by walkers leads to erosion of
  footpaths damaging the fragile ecosystem
  and plant habitats
• Skiing in the thin frozen snow conditions
  strips the vegetation and scars the hillside
                 The Issues
• The approval of the Funicular Railway went
  against all scientific advice. It was opposed by
  environmental groups but backed by Highland
  Council
• Scottish Natural Heritage originally opposed the
  plan but agreed after restrictions on summer
  walkers leaving the top station were included.
• Is the National Park able to control these issues
  without full planning control

				
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