Cairngorms National Park Management Project; Recreation Opportunity Mapping

Project description: 

The Cairngorms National Park Management project is one of Openness’ (Operationalisation of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services) 27 global case study sites. The aim of these case studies is to work collaboratively with stakeholders to identify the problems they face in operationalising the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services concepts in their specific policy and decision-making context. A project within the Cairngorms National Park conducted recreation opportunity mapping at the park scale, using The Ecosystem Service Mapping Tool (ESTIMAP) to assess the capacity of ecosystems to provide out-door recreational opportunities. Recreation was evaluated using a composite model that produced both a ‘Recreation Potential’ map (the capacity of land and ecosystems to support recreational activities), and a ‘Recreation Opportunity’ map (the proximity of Recreation Potential to prospective users).

Organisations involved: 

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) UK

Scale of project: 
Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Total area covered by project: 
4528 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map social/cultural values

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Recreation/tourism
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Dr. Jan Dick
Contact job title: 
Senior Landscape Ecologist
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Bush Estate, Penicuik, EH26 0QB
0131 4458578