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 Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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 Andy.Summers@highland.gov.uk
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
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