Biodiversity Projects Directory

Highland Biodiversity Projects

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...

Loch Shiel black throated diver nesting platformsLoch Shiel black throated diver nesting platforms

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Freshwater

Forestry Commission Scotland constructed and anchored floating nesting platforms for black-throated divers on Loch Shiel. Year 2004

River Conon salmon monitoring and restockingRiver Conon salmon monitoring and restocking

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Freshwater

The Conon District Salmon Fishery Board and Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre have carried out habitat surveys of all river systems running into the Cromarty Firth. Since 1996, the Conon DSFB...

Muir of Ord Environmental Group tool purchase  - great crested newtMuir of Ord Environmental Group tool purchase - great crested newt

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Lowland, Freshwater

With a small grant from the Highland Biodiversity Project, members of the Muir of Ord Environmental Group have purchased tools to help them protect and enhance their local area, which is home to the great crested newt...

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...

Safeguarding and Restoring Insh MarshesSafeguarding and Restoring Insh Marshes

Region: Badenoch and Strathspey

Habitat: Freshwater

The funds paid for ditching and repairs to the flood wall to restore the wetland to its optimum condition so that it would continue to support breeding waders and wintering whooper swans. (This funding  complim...

Invasive Non Native Plant Species watercourse surveyInvasive Non Native Plant Species watercourse survey

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Freshwater, Woodland

SNW applied on behalf of the Highland Invasive Species Forum for funding to survey watercourses in the Inverness area and control / eradicate invasive non-native species such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, gi...

Dingwall Green Gym

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Freshwater

Five years year of funding towards BTCV’s Green Gym in Dingwall and the surrounding area. The focus was on the control of invasive non-native species, particularly Himalyan balsam, and river restoration work on ...

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...

Life in the Lochans

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Freshwater

This project worked closely with Gairloch and Laide Primary Schools, looking at the rich diversity of plants and animals that live in and around the lochs of the area. The children developed survey techniques and trie...

Loch Maree Fish Project Loch Maree Fish Project

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Freshwater

This project was run by the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, who undertook a comprehensive survey of Loch Maree and other waterbodies in its catchment to explore methods of assessing the distribution of small fish species...

River Carron Biodiversity Audit

Region: Ross and Cromarty

Habitat: Freshwater

This project looked in detail at the biodiversity of the aquatic ecosystem, particularly the fish species, the habitat adjacent to the river and the outcome of the restocking of native Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout po...

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...

Loch Cluanie Diver Rafts Loch Cluanie Diver Rafts

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Freshwater

The RSPB and local volunteers built and sited two floating nesting platforms in Loch Cluanie for Black-throated Divers. Black-throated Divers do breed on this loch, but productivity is low because of the large-scale f...

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...

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...

Loch Ruthven habitat enhancement

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Freshwater

A habitat enhancement project focusing on the vegetation surrounding Loch Ruthven to improve nesting conditions for the Slavonian grebes that breed there.  This will hopefully encourage more birds to breed, make ...

Lochaber Mink Control

Region: Lochaber

Habitat: Freshwater

A pilot project to improve and co-ordinate mink control efforts in Lochaber, and encourage other landowners and managers to begin mink control measures.  This is a region-wide effort to control mink.

Lower Ness Invasive Plants Project

Region: Inverness

Habitat: Freshwater

The project continued to raise awareness, train volunteers, and control invasive plants such as Himalayan balsam around Inverness.  This was a four year project to tackle invasive, non-native plants, and progress...

West Sutherland Elver ProjectWest Sutherland Elver Project

Region: Sutherland

Habitat: Marine, Freshwater

Project to survey juvenile eels with volunteers. The information was supplied to National Management Plans. Timeline: May 08: Report produced & circulated.  Mar 09: Presentation to Highland Biodiv...

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, ...

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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