The Cairngorms National Park is special because it contains the best arctic-alpine landforms, habitats and species in Britain, as well as extensive slopes and hills, and wide, fertile straths. This section explores the main habitats of the Park, and some of the special plants, animals and invertebrates that live in them. It also highlights the key impacts and pressures which affect these habitats from visitors, grazing, and land use to natural effects such as climate, geology and soils. This section also refers to the work being done to protect and improve key habitats and species through the work of the Biodiversity Action Plans.
A wide variety of habitats can be found in the Park