Sutherland Biodiversity Group

The Sutherland Biodiversity Group (formerly the Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group) was formed to write the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan which was launched in 2004. Still in operation today the group aim is to advance the cause of biodiversity in Sutherland through:

Implementation of the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan

Working with local communities to deliver environmental projects
Facilitating information exchange between organisations working in Sutherland sho have biodiversity interests

Participation in the Highland Environment Forum

Meetings are held twice a year and are open to all with an interest in the biodiversity of Sutherland.  Contact Alison Searl at for more information.

The Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)

The Sutherland BAP is available here: Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan

A review of this plan was undertaken in 2013 and can be downloaded here: Sutherland BAP 2013 Review

Current projects

Tongue Parish Wildlife Audit

The Tongue, Melness and Skerray Wildlife Group was set up in March 2017. The group aims to assist in the creation of a two year community based project that will result in the publication of an account of the wildlife of Tongue Parish that could be made available to the wider project.


Past projects

Village Wildlife Audits

In 2006 and 20011, the communities of Scourie and Rogart carried out comprehensive surveys of their local wildlife with the support of visiting wildlife experts who helped with surveying the more difficult species and taxa. The village wildlife audits resulted in publications describing the local wildlife of Scourie and Rogart.

Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Photograph Collection

In 2007 the Sutherland Partnership secured funding from SNH, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to produce a photographic resource celebrating the biodiversity within Sutherland. The photographs were taken by Ken Crossan and Iain Sarjeant and are available to community groups for non-profit making purposes from the Sutherland Partnership. The images can be seen on information panels across the country. 

For more information contact Andy Summers at

Sutherland Partnership Environmental Fund 2009-2012

The Sutherland Partnership Environmental Fund was the second funding scheme administered by the Sutherland Partnership. This scheme was funded by Highland LEADER and SNH and was open to community groups who wanted to bring about projects which have environmental benefits. During this round the scheme distributed almost £36,000 to a wide variety of Sutherland projects.

Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Fund 2005-2008

This funding scheme was administered by the Sutherland Partnership and distributed £15,000 to community projects across Sutherland during its lifetime. Projects included setting up video nestboxes, conducting wildlife audits and the establishment of wildlife habitats. The scheme was funded by LEADER +, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Highland Council.

Members of the Sutherland Biodiversity Group come from local agencies and organisations:

Assynt Field Club

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Coigach Assynt Living Landscape Partnership

Flow Country Rivers Trust

Highland Council Ranger Service

John Muir Trust

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Wildlife Trust

West Sutherland Fisheries Trust

Forestry Commission Scotland

The Woodland Trust


Sutherland Marine Audit: Pilot Study

Other relevant reading

Scourie revisited in the Naturalist No.4, May 2008

West Sutherland Elver Study, West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, May 2008


Highland Environment Forum

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