Countryside Management students attend Europarc 2018
Lecturer Nicky Penford, accompanied by eleven first year Countryside Management students visited Glen Tanar Estate recently as part of the Europarc Federation Conference 2018. The Europarc Federation is an independent, non-governmental organisation, which aims to work with national parks across Europe to enhance and promote protection and conservation. It was fortunate that the 2018 conference took place on the doorstep of the Aberdeen Campus in Cairngorms National Park and focused on youth involvement in Protected Areas commemorating the current Scottish Year of Young people.
As part of the conference programme, SRUC Countryside Management students were involved in a pond survey on the Glen Tanar Estate for rare dragonflies with Andrea Hudspeth, an expert from the British Dragonfly Society, carrying out tree felling to open up the pond to stop it drying out. About 65 delegates from all over Europe came to meet the students and were very impressed equally with the work they were carrying out but also by the fact that young people were involved in practical conservation work combined with scientific survey and identification of rare dragonflies.