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...

Handa ProjectHanda Project

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: Coastal, Grassland

The project upgraded the path around the island and provided toilet facilities. This enabled SWT to better manage access and thereby avoid disturbance to nesting birds and fragile ecosystems. Year 2011

Scrabster Harbour Small Blue Butterfly Project Scrabster Harbour Small Blue Butterfly Project

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Coastal, Grassland

Project to collect & grow on kidney vetch seed with a local nursery, then plant out plugs to provide additional food for the small blue butterfly. Other flowering plants will be planted to enhance the habitat for ...

Coastal Grazing Marsh Management, Nigg Bay

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Coastal, Grassland

Project to improve habitat for breeding waders at Nigg Bay through reducing rush cover & improving coastal floodplain grazing marsh. Costs include purchase of a ‘weed wiper’, trailer & herbicide. T...

Peatland Management, Munsary Nature Reserve

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Grassland, Peatland

Management and improvement of the Munsary Nature Reserve in Caithness. Costs include grassland restoration, removal of metal sheep dip, repairs to access track and installation of interpretative posts. Year 2009

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...

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...

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.  ...

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,...

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...

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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