Highland Biodiversity Action Plan 2015 - 2020 

The 2015 - 2020 action plan is the third Highland BAP to be produced since 2006, and it is the most comprehensive.  It gives a summary of the background and context surrounding the Plan, as well as an update on progress made since the biodiversity action planning process started in Highland in 2002.  The Plan summarises some of the excellent projects that have been undertaken to deliver biodiversity improvements over the last 14 years. 

The new Plan identifies 33 priorities for work. For each, a number of projects have been identified, with a lead partner taking on the responsibility to work with other HEF members to deliver action over the next five years.







The wildlife, habitats and natural landscapes of the Highlands are of national and international renown. They are enjoyed in equal measure by those of us fortunate enough to live here and those who come here to visit and enjoy some of the best nature has to offer. We can’t take the biodiversity of the Highlands for granted however and, as generations have before us, we need to improve our understanding of it and do what we can to sustain it to ensure it is there for future generations to enjoy.


There is a long standing and fine tradition in the Highlands of delivery through volunteering and this plan, like its earlier versions, represents a commitment from very many people across the Highlands to continue to cherish nature in all its guises. This is not a purely altruistic commitment. In engaging with nature we feel better and are healthier, at all ages we acquire new knowledge and skills, we improve our chances of securing employment, and we remain physically and socially active at all ages and particularly longer into old age. Not only that but we sustain the quality of the Highland environment as an asset on which much of our economic wellbeing depends. This is particularly true of the visitor based industries, the creative arts and those involved in food and drink production.

This revision is the result of much discussion and thinking by many people across Highland. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of this revised plan, particularly the small project group who have led its production and especially The Highland Council’s two Biodiversity Officers – Janet Bromham and Jonathan Willet. The challenge for all of us now is to get on and deliver it!

George Hogg

Chair, Highland Environment Forum

June 2015





1.  Introduction, Objectives, Highlights, Background and Context, The Biodiversity of Highland,    

Links to other Highland Plans and Policies, Looking Ahead    


Summary of Progress to Deliver the 2010 Highland BAP    



3.1. Sustainable Management of Habitats and Species   

Funding and Advice, Native Woodland, Peatland, Deer, Wildlife Crime, Wildfire, Waste and Pollution, Seabed Habitat Loss, Aquaculture, Species Work

3.2. Planning, Development and Infrastructure 

Road and Public Spaces, Planning and Development

3.3. Local Biodiversity Work   

Local Biodiversity Groups and Action Plans, Volunteering for Wildlife,                    

Funding for Small Projects

3.4 Awareness and Knowledge   

General Interest in Wildlife, Children and Young People, Marine Biodiversity

3.5. Invasive Non-Native Species   

Long Term Funding, Difficulties of Scale, New Threats

3.6.Biological Recording and Data Management  

Data Coverage, Records Management, Data Capture

Summary Table   



Annex 1: List of Partners

Annex 2: Glossary and Links

Annex 3: Biodiversity Related Legislative and Policy Changes Since 2003

Annex 4: UK National Priority Habitats and Species that occur in Highland


This Plan was produced by The Highland Council on behalf of the Highland Environment Forum.

Highland Environment Forum

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