Biodiversity Projects Directory

Highland Biodiversity Projects

Aspen Enhancement and InterpretationAspen Enhancement and Interpretation

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Woodland

Trees for Life and Abriachan Forest Trust worked in partnership to plant up an enclosure of Aspen trees. The planting and root collection was done by 20 pupils from Glenurquhart High School. The root cuttings wil...

Dunnet Forest Wetland CreationDunnet Forest Wetland Creation

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Woodland, Wetland

Dunnet Forestry Trust created a wetland site by damming a ditch at the edge of Dunnet Forest This was to increase the diversity of habitats in the forest and allow wetland plant and animal species to colonise the...

Glenfeshie Forest RestructuringGlenfeshie Forest Restructuring

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Woodland

Restructuring & restoration of native pinewood habitat at Glenfeshie Estate for biodiversity benefit & landscape quality enhancement. A £160,000 project towards which SNH and the landowner each contribut...

Sunart OakwoodSunart Oakwood

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Woodland

Project to manage oak woods for multiple uses, including providing local jobs, are an example of trying to integrate the needs of biodiversity and the local human population. The Sunart Oakwood Init...

European Union LIFE Capercaillie ProjectEuropean Union LIFE Capercaillie Project

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Woodland

The European Union LIFE Capercaillie Project helped to create and manageexisting pinewood habitats to conserve the Highland capercaillie population. Semi-natural woodlands across the area were expan...

Milton Community Wood biodiversity eventsMilton Community Wood biodiversity events

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Woodland

Milton Community Woodland Trust undertook a number of fun events and projects in their local woodland to raise awareness of biodiversity and other issues. Examples include the installation of a small ...

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...

Invasive Non Native Plant Species watercourse surveyInvasive Non Native Plant Species watercourse survey

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Freshwater, Woodland

SNW applied on behalf of the Highland Invasive Species Forum for funding to survey watercourses in the Inverness area and control / eradicate invasive non-native species such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, gi...

Wild in the Cairngorms - with schools

Region: Badenoch and Strathspey

Habitat: Woodland

This project worked with primary school children on practical conservation activities to improve the biodiversity of their local native woodlands. Trees and shrubs were planted, invasive non-native species removed and...

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?

Glencanisp Estate woodland expansion

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: Woodland

Expansion of existing fragmented native woodland along south shore of Loch Assynt through reducing deer numbers and introducing controlled grazing by cattle and pigs. The main costs were fencing, cattle & pig crus...

Talich Wood Wildlife Reserve Coppicing Project

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Woodland

Reintroduction of coppicing to Talich Alder Wood Wildlife Reserve to reinvigorate the trees, allow a more varied and dynamic ground flora to develop, promote uneven agedness and provide a source of deadwood for insect...

North Aspen WoodsNorth Aspen Woods

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Woodland

This project, run by the North Highland Forest Trust, gathered and propagated Aspen cuttings from Caithness and Sutherland to create a bank of local saplings available to be planted locally. Propagation facilities wer...

Waxcap and Hazel Gloves Fungi identification training

Region: Skye and Lochalsh

Habitat: Woodland

The Skye and Lochalsh Scottish Wildlife Trust Members Group organised training to enable participants to identify waxcap fungi found in short sward grassland and Hazel Gloves fungus found in Atlantic Hazelwoods. All t...

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...

Highland Red Squirrel Refuge ProjectHighland Red Squirrel Refuge Project

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Woodland

The HBAPIP part-funded this project, which is led by the Forestry Commission and the Highland Red Squirrel Group. The project officer recruited and trained 75 volunteer Red Squirrel surveyors to survey key woodlands i...

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...

Clunes Forest School

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Woodland, Garden

This formerly disused Forestry Commission office has been refitted and kitted out with identification equipment to transform it into a forest classroom. Outside, a butterfly garden, community composting site, tree nur...

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...

Lichen Monitoring at Dunbeath Strath

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Upland, Woodland

Dunbeath Strath has a large population of Tree Lungwort lichen on the Hazel trees, which are rare in Caithness. This event set up a monitoring project for the Tree Lungwort and the Hazel. The training looked at how to...

Small Cow-wheat Project

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Woodland

Scottish Wildlife Trust is managing a small cow-wheat project, and has found this very rare plant at several locations in Ross & Cromarty. Year 2004

Abernethy Forest tree planting

Region: Badenoch and Strathspey

Habitat: Woodland

This RSPB project to improve the tree species diversity of the forest by planting 7000 trees and to restructuring an 8.3 hectare area of homogenous forest, to benefit capercaillie, black grouse, Scottish crossbill and...

Evanton Wood

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Woodland

no information available Year 2010

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 ...

Wood Pasture survey

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Grassland, Woodland

Train volunteers & survey at least 10 sites for evidence of past use of woodland as pasture (indicated by tree pollarding).  Promote this unique natural and cultural heritage. Timescale: Oct 07: 3 day...

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,...

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...

South Loch Ness Woodland Survey

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Woodland

Survey of gorge woods with special training for volunteers. Timeline: Jun 08: Training & survey started.  Sep 09: special training in simple survey methodology provided.

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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