Highland Local Biodiversity Action Plan Review

A Review of the seven Highland Local Biodiversity Action Plans was undertaken by ‘Envirocentre’ consultants in 2006. It had three key objectives:

  • to produce a single, simple Highland Biodiversity Action Plan that identifies and sets targets for the main strategic issues arising out of the Highland LBAPs
  • to review the habitats and species present in each of the LBAPs and identify those where there is potential to add real value locally and contribute towards UK biodiversity targets through survey work, awareness-raising or habitat enhancement
  • to work with the seven local biodiversity groups across Highland to help them produce short, focused Implementation Plans that prioritise locally important habitats, species and projects. (Only six plans were produced as the Inverness and Nairn’s Biodiversity Group had ceased functioning. However, the Group is in the process of reforming, and two local projects have been worked up).

Twenty-four of the local projects identified in the LBAP Implementation Plans have been drawn together as the Communities Project for Highland Biodiversity, a three year £100,000 programme that receives funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and RSPB Scotland. Other funding options are being investigated to support the local projects that were not eligible for the HLF bid and some of the more strategic projects arising out of the Highland Biodiversity Action Plan. For further information, please contact the Highland Biodiversity Officers.

The Review is available for download via the links below. Most are pdf files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for PC users, but Mac OSX users avn open the files using their built-in Preview application.

Summary

Highland Biodiversity Action Plan

Highland Biodiversity Action Plan Habitat and Species Review

Local Implementation Plans

Highland Environment Forum

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