Biodiversity Projects Directory

Highland Biodiversity Projects

Soil Research, Lochaber

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Grassland, Garden

The Lochaber Environmental Group carried out a small research project on the state of soils in Lochaber and the traditional practices thatwere carried out to enhance soil fertility. The idea is to link past practice...

Kilmallie Community Centre Wildlife GardenKilmallie Community Centre Wildlife Garden

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Garden

The grounds of Kilmallie Community Centre in Corpach have been transformed into an attractive wildlife garden by Lochaber Action on Disability and others. Year 2004

Milnafua Residents Association wildlife gardening competition

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Garden

Milnafua Residents Association have run a wildlife gardening competition, with a small amount of funding from SNH and the Highland Biodiversity Project. Alness has included insect loving plants into its&...

Inverness EcoHub (REAL Project)

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Garden

The project developed a biodiversity area within a much larger project to establish am EcoHub in the grounds of Inverness High School. Year 2011

Kilchoan Community Wildlife Garden

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Garden

To augment an existing Play Park project by planting native trees and grasses. Year 2011

Macdonald Park, Inverness - Environmental Planting Project

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Garden

The project augmented an existing project to upgrade the Park by draining recreational areas, creating a pond and improving footpaths. Water-loving trees, shrubs and flowers were planted on the banks of the new pond a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Drummuie Wildflower Meadow

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: Garden

The East Sutherland Rotary Club planted trees and created a Scottish native wildflower meadow in land adjacent to the A9 at Drummuie, south of Golspie.  The project was to improve the biodiversity and amenity val...

Thurso Mall & Riverside Project

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Garden

The Rotary Club planted trees & shrubs, improved the path, provided new seating, improved wheelchair access, addressed problems with flood erosion, installed signage, improved a retaining wall and drainage on the ...

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.  ...

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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