Who? Everyone with an association with the wildlife group area is eligible for membership, although you need to apply to join. You, the members, elect a management committee to run the wildlife group on your behalf.
Where? Broadly the catchments of the River Avon and River Livet, on the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. Historically there has been a focus on what was the Glenlivet Crown Estate, although we are also interested in the fate of migrating species and other events in the wider world that affect wildlife in our area.
What? We aim to develop and deliver activities that protect and encourage wildlife and promote public participation. This includes habitat improvements, providing advice, raising awareness, carrying out surveys, organising events, improving access, and anything else members can think of that meets our aims. We do this by raising funds; carrying out work ourselves; coordinating and collaborating with other groups, land-users and initiatives in the area; and awarding small grants for which any members can apply.
Why? To provide a way for members to actively contribute to discussions and decisions about wildlife, and get out and make things happen.
When? The wildlife group is up and running, with a budget of around £12,500 in wildlife grants to award in 2017. Applications for the first round of grants will open in spring.
How? To be eligible for a grant, first join the Wildlife Group, by contacting the Secretary, Mark Ranner, via the contact page here. Membership is free. Then, if you have an idea for a grant, return a simple Grant Expression of Interest. We are ready to help.
Is it really as simple as this? Yes, though we do have a Constitution, also available from the Secretary, that tells you more about us, and the formalities.
The grant scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cairngorm National Park via the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership Project.
Visit the website for more information.