Conservationists have been given a £10,000 boost for a project to save an endangered ant.
Energy bar firm Clif has pledged the cash for project that will look at ways to protect the narrow headed ant. The study will take place at Mar Lodge Estate in Deeside.
Hayley Wiswell, an ecologist at the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: “The climate emergency and changing forestry practices are happening too quickly for populations to disperse naturally to their preferred habitats at the edges of woodland and in clearings.
“This project will involve captive breeding the ants and releasing them to supplement the existing threatened population and also will involve moving nests to better locations.”
The Cairngorms National Park is home to 25% of the UK’s most threatened species and the support from Clif Bar will allow them to focus their efforts to conserve this species of ants on a much wider scale.