Biodiversity of Buildings
RSPB and Highland Council Ranger Service
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 people responded to the questionnaire and received general information on birds and buildings. 50 bird boxes have been built and will be put up on some of the respondents’ buildings.
In the second year, 94 buildings were re-surveyed. This found that over half of the buildings were proposed to be altered or demolished. If this is representative of the whole of Skye and Lochalsh then this activity could have a major impact on birds using such buildings. The final report concluded that the provision of advice, nest boxes and platforms would help to address the loss of nesting habitat locally.
RSPB and the Highland Council