Author Archives for Peter Cairns

What are National Parks for?

July 15, 2016 11:50 am Published by 2 Comments

Every 5 years the Cairngorms National Park reviews its priorities and the 18,000 folk who live and work within its boundaries, alongside anyone with an interest in the Park, are invited to contribute their thoughts. As with all democratic processes,...
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Bring on the mavericks.

June 8, 2016 1:13 pm Published by 1 Comment

When I was young I wanted to be Clint Eastwood. I don’t just mean I liked him and his seemingly never-ending stream of heroic roles. No, I wanted to be him. I’ve wanted to be a few people during my...
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Where has all the money gone?

March 19, 2016 3:39 pm Published by 4 Comments

  Imagine a waterhole on the plains of Africa. Now imagine that each buffalo drinking there is a photographer, and that the water is their livelihood. Now backtrack 25 years and picture the scene. Every few days a buffalo wanders...
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Otters in Shetland.

January 13, 2016 8:29 am Published by 1 Comment

Taking on a photo-led book that focuses on just one species is brave. Especially so when that species is painfully difficult to photograph. Eurasian otters are painfully difficult to photograph. I’ve just enjoyed reviewing Otters in Shetland, the recently published...
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Iceland on Fire.

October 3, 2015 2:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As the rain hammered relentlessly on the windscreen and the headlights barely penetrated the gloom, the sense of trepidation and dare I say it, helplessness, was palpable. After a long day of trains, planes and automobiles, this was not the...
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It’s good to talk.

August 7, 2015 7:21 pm Published by 1 Comment

I’ve been spending a lot of time photographing alone of late. For the most part, I can live with it; it does as they say, go with the territory. But every now and then, it’s good to talk. And to...
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Conservation Heroes.

July 10, 2015 11:33 am Published by 4 Comments

BBC Wildlife’s recent list of the Top 50 Conservation Heroes made for interesting reading. It’s all completely subjective of course and but for what it’s worth, I thought most had a strong claim for inclusion. Others were more dubious choices...
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I’m a Beaver Believer!

June 27, 2015 11:13 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Rare. Elusive. Nocturnal. Aquatic. None of these words caused me to brim with confidence as I drove west recently in search of Scotland’s newest wildlife resident. Knapdale Forest in Argyll was chosen as the site for the Scottish Beaver Trial,...
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