Biodiversity Projects Directory

Highland Biodiversity Projects

Muir of Ord Environmental Group tool purchase  - great crested newtMuir of Ord Environmental Group tool purchase - great crested newt

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Freshwater

With a small grant from the Highland Biodiversity Project, members of the Muir of Ord Environmental Group have purchased tools to help them protect and enhance their local area, which is home to the great crested newt...

Barn owl and tree sparrow nest boxesBarn owl and tree sparrow nest boxes

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural

The Scottish Agricultural College, with some funding from the Highland Biodiversity Project, provided farmers that had suitable habitats for barn owls and tree sparrows with nest boxes, and advised on siting and maint...

Belmaduthy calcareous springs

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Heathland, Woodland

An initiative between Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission to fell some of the forest at Belmaduthy in a sympathetic manner in 2005, to protect the calcareous springs thatfe...

Salmonberry Control Project

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Woodland

Year 1 of a 3 year trial project to control Salmonberry in Caithness & safeguard the existing native hedges. Year 2010 - 2013?

Grey Partridge ProjectGrey Partridge Project

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural

The Easter Ross Grey Partridge Group involved 12 farmers who were looking to take forward Grey Partridge conservation measures on their land. A seminar was run in February 2007 looking at low-cost, landscape-scale opt...

Spider identification training and recording event

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Grassland, Moorland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland

This project was run by the Highland Biological Recording Group and comprised of a two day, weekend introductory training course for identifying and recording spiders. Eight people attended the weekend training course...

Orkney Recorders Seminar

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland, Wetland

The grant covered the travel and subsistence of 11 voluntary biological recorders to attend a Recording Seminar in Orkney. Four of those attending gave talks on projects that they has been involved with: the Highland ...

Highland Bumblebee AtlasHighland Bumblebee Atlas

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Moorland, Woodland, Garden

This Atlas brought together information from over 16 years of recording, not just on the distribution of species but also the ecology of them. Several species in Highland are of local and national conservation importa...

Village Wildlife Audits

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: mixed

People in Scourie and Rogart carried out comprehensive surveys of their local biodiversity, which have been collated into two informative booklets. Over 100 people were involved in the surveys and events, and the comm...

Wildlife Watching Leaflet

Region: Skye and Lochalsh

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland

The Highland Council Ranger Service and Skye and Lochalsh Environmental Forum produced 10,000 copies of “Wildlife: A guide to finding wildlife in Skye and Lochalsh”. This leaflet highlights the wildlife wa...

Biodiversity of Buildings

Region: Skye and Lochalsh

Habitat: Lowland, Garden

This project, run by RSPB and Highland Council Ranger Service, started with a survey of over 1000 people and all the Primary Schools in the area, asking about biodiversity (mainly birds) using their buildings. 321 peo...

Highland Cornflower and Cornfield Projects

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural

Cornfield Project This two year project run by Highland FWAG (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) looked to raise awareness of locally rare and threatened arable weeds (cornfield annuals) like Cornflower or Cor...

Inverness Bat Group Recording Equipment

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Garden

The grant helped the Inverness Bat Group to buy recording equipment, mainly bat detectors, for survey work and public events. 

Important Biodiversity Places

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden, Urban

Three open evening events for local communities to identify sites of biodiversity importance - involved 77 volunteers, 75 participants. Timescale: Oct 07: 2 public meetings held in Wick & Thurso + Cai...

Scrub Woodland at Ardersier

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Woodland

Four enclosures on Ardersier Common were planted with native trees by the Junior Ardersier and Petty Environmental Society (JAPES) and a Highland Council Ranger. The planting event was attended by 9 children and 5 adu...

Biological Training and Recording

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Grassland, Heathland, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Garden

Over a period of 18 months, Boleskine Environmental Network ran 14 full day tutorials on a variety of topics, attracting an audience of 35 people. Recording equipment and identification guides were also purchased. F...

Biodiversity Awareness Raising

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden

An evening of three talks about projects that the Caithness Biodiversity Group had run was held in the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso. It was an opportunity for people not involved in the group to make sug...

Pollen & Nectar Mix Creation for Great Yellow Bumblebee

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland

This project provided pollen & nectar rich habitats in arable areas of north-east Caithness, using standard legume/wildflower mixes with proven benefit to rare, long-tongued bumblebee species.

Wildflower enhancement project

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland, Garden

The project involved three species of plants, which require slightly different approaches to assist them.  In all cases, volunteers will be encouraged to take part in the wildflower enhancement activity.  ...

Moth Trapping & MonitoringMoth Trapping & Monitoring

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland

Project to increase knowledge about the species and distribution of moths in Caithness and involve trained volunteers in this process to maintain their interest and enthusiasm in biodiversity. This project worked ...

Wildlife boxes

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Woodland, Garden

Construct boxes for birds, bats & bees with volunteers to raise awareness & encourage volunteering. Timescale: Dec 07: Swift box building day (8 swift boxes built & installed).  Dec 08: Wi...

Growing Native TreesGrowing Native Trees

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: Lowland, Woodland, Garden

Engaged 4 schools, using puppet theatre and promotional workshops, in growing native trees from seed as a mechanism to increase involvement in wildlife enhancement activity. Timeline: Sep 07: Puppet show ...

Wester Ross Wildlife Year Book

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden, Urban

Compile a wildlife book by months with input from the local community. The wildlife Year Book presents a different habitat from the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for each month of the year and describes what is ...

Invasive species fact sheets

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden

To raise awareness of the problem of invasive non-native plant species and the need for their control so that the public have a better understanding of some eradication action that they see. This project produced ...

Community Greenspace, Ross & Cromarty

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland, Freshwater, Woodland, Garden

Training and wildlife surveys of green spaces with volunteers in five local communities.  Undertake annual Butterfly Survey to encourage volunteer recorders. Timescale: Nov 07: Badger Survey training day,...

Japanese Knotweed ControlJapanese Knotweed Control

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Habitat: Lowland, Agricultural, Grassland, Freshwater, Garden, Urban

Project to dentify locations with volunteers and control this invasive non-native species. Timeline: Dec 07: Locations identified, contractor appointed.  Sep 08: Materials bought, volunteers trained, ...

Highland Butterfly survey and guideHighland Butterfly survey and guide

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Grassland, Heathland, Moorland, Peatland, Woodland, Garden, Urban

Project to produce Highland Butterfly Guide & run butterfly survey focusing on 1 or 2 common species. Timeline: Apr 08: Peacock Butterfly Postcard & Highland Butterfly Guide printed & distributed w...

Rhododendron controlRhododendron control

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Woodland, Garden

A demonstration project for a  method of Rhododendron control entitled 'Lever & Mulch'. Timeline: Feb 08: Site identified, equipment bought.  Nov 08: study almost complete, workshops held...

Community Greenspace, Inverness and NairnCommunity Greenspace, Inverness and Nairn

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Lowland, Garden, Urban

Training and wildlife surveys of green spaces with volunteers in four local communities. Timeline: Mar 09: consultant appointed.  Sep 09: > 80 people have taken part in project at 3 locations in In...

Primary schools biodiversity competitions

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden, Urban

All primary schools in Caithness were invited to take part in a biodiversity themed competition each year for three years. The type of competitions considered included 1) recording wildlife in the school grounds and c...

Nature Detectives

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Habitat: Lowland, Upland, Agricultural, Coastal, Grassland, Heathland, Marine, Moorland, Peatland, Freshwater, Woodland, Wetland, Garden, Urban

Nature Detectives… The Challenge” was launched in April 2011 at South Lodge Primary School, Invergordon. The project aimed to help children find out about the wildlife that lives on their very own doorste...

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