Biodiversity Projects Directory

Highland Biodiversity Projects

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...

Caithness lobster population protectionCaithness lobster population protection

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Marine

Caithness creel fishermen grouped together to undertake a voluntary project to improve the lobster population. A proportion of female lobsters caught were marked with a V-notch in the tail fan, to serve as a marker to...

Wildlife Tour Operators Training

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Marine

Scottish Natural Heritage and the Ranger Service held a wildlife tourism workshop for local fishermen and boat users at Lybster. North Highland College and the Environmental Research Institute provide training for...

Caithness and Sutherland Angling ClubCaithness and Sutherland Angling Club

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Freshwater

Members of Caithness and Sutherland Trout Angling Group conducted improvements to watercourses and bank habitats. For example, some in-stream and bankside works were undertaken on a small trout spawning burn at Broubs...

St John's Pool wader enhancementSt John's Pool wader enhancement

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Freshwater

The Caithness Ranger Service and RSPB Scotland undertook a number of practical biodiversity projects such as the building of rafts to help nesting birds like black-throated divers. At St John’s Poo...

Water Vole survey and monitoringWater Vole survey and monitoring

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Peatland, Freshwater

34 locations were surveyed using standard methodology based on field signs. The results showed that Water Voles are widely distributed in Caithness, and the highest numbers of occupied sites are in peatland. The proje...

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 ...

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?

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

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Broubster Leans Biodiversity Enhancement Broubster

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Freshwater

This project will open up the vegetation to create more of a wetland than currently exists.  Proposed management includes fencing to allow cattle grazing, vegetation management and the clearance of scrub. 201...

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.

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.  ...

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...

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...

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...

School Marine projectSchool Marine project

Region: Caithness

Habitat: Coastal, Marine

This project celebrated Caithness biodiversity species in the Dunnet area through an art wall created by school children with the aid of a professional artist.  The wall include iconic species such as Scottish pr...

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