Snow covered trees and a frozen River Clyde at New Lanark, Clyde Valley Woodlands NNR. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Our performance

We regularly monitor and report on our progress towards reaching the natural heritage outcomes in our corporate and business plans.

We monitor our performance through the reports provided by our management units and projects. These are structured around the four outcomes of Connecting People and Nature, with detail reflecting the business plan that we use to plan our work.

Quarterly performance reports

Every three months, the outcome manager evaluates the information received and report to our Senior Leadership Team on progress and risks to delivery of our corporate and business plans.

The quarterly performance reports also include our current financial position, so that progress can be reviewed alongside spend. Corrective steps such as managing the budget may then be taken to ensure we stay on course to meet our outcomes and targets.

Quarterly information is also reported to our Board.

Annual report and accounts

Each year, we produce an annual report and accounts, which reports on our successes and performance over the previous year. Its main purpose is to give the Scottish Government an overview of our key areas of work. The report is made publicly available with the consent of the Scottish Government.

The report includes:

  • an introduction to the report by the Chairman and Chief Executive
  • a performance summary on our corporate priorities
  • details of our performance towards the National Indicators set by the Scottish Government
  • details of performance delivered through our four portfolios
  • financial, environmental and social summaries
  • our annual accounts including Management Team and Board member information

The annual accounts are prepared in compliance with the Accounts Direction issued by Scottish Ministers under section 10(3) of the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991. They are audited by Audit Scotland.

Our annual accounts provide:

  • a breakdown of income and expenditure
  • our balance sheet at the end of the financial year
  • our cash flow statement
  • the salaries of our Management Team and the level of remuneration awarded to Board members

Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18

Scotland’s world-renowned natural landscapes and habitats aren’t just beautiful. Research shows access to nature improves our health and well-being, and it’s clear more people are recognising this: an estimated 600,000 people visited Scotland’s nature reserves last year, reaping the benefits of fresh air and green space. The benefits of nature extend far beyond this, supporting our economic growth and reducing the impact of climate change.

At Scottish Natural Heritage our goal is to connect people and nature, to ensure nature thrives and benefits individuals, communities, and Scotland as a whole. We work with other public sector bodies, businesses, and volunteers to accomplish these aims.

Here are a few of our key achievements this year:

  • Led Phase 1 of a £15m Green Infrastructure Strategic Investment Programme to enhance green space in Scottish towns and cities
  • Led development of 120km of the National Walking and Cycling Network
  • Restored nearly 4,000ha of peatland to help address climate change
  • Led the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Route Map with 96% of actions predicted to be accomplished by the 2020 target
  • Supported over 60 schools in deprived areas to get their pupils learning outdoors

Our 2017/18 Annual Report, goes into more detail about these projects and the work we’ve done to ensure a prosperous Scottish natural environment. Together, we can help Scotland flourish.

Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Search our information library for other annual reports from previous years.

You may also wish to search for annual climate change duties reports, which we’ve published since 1999. These report on progress in improving our carbon and environmental management performance.