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 future 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!
Chair, Highland Environment Forum
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND 1
1. Introduction, Objectives, Highlights, Background and Context, The Biodiversity of Highland,
Links to other Highland Plans and Policies, Looking Ahead
2. PROGRESS UPDATE
3. ACTION PLAN
Funding and Advice, Native Woodland, Peatland, Deer, Wildlife Crime, Wildfire, Waste and Pollution, Seabed Habitat Loss, Aquaculture, Species Work
Road and Public Spaces, Planning and Development
Local Biodiversity Groups and Action Plans, Volunteering for Wildlife,
Funding for Small Projects
General Interest in Wildlife, Children and Young People, Marine Biodiversity
Long Term Funding, Difficulties of Scale, New Threats
Data Coverage, Records Management, Data Capture
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.