Funding and projects
Rural Funding and Support
The purpose of these pilots is to inform what future rural support outside of the Common Agricultural Policy might look like.
Rural support could be developed to contribute to transformative land use change in Scotland, by restoring nature and reducing our country’s contribution to climate change.
Within Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) promotes land management that protects and enhances Scotland's natural heritage, improves water quality, manages flood risk, and helps mitigate and adapt to climate change; public access projects have also been funded. SRDP also includes the Forestry Grant Scheme.
A management agreement involves NatureScot making payments to a land manager in return for an agreed programme of work. We typically offer management agreements for Natura sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The Sea Eagle Management Scheme extends support for livestock farmers and crofters who suffer impacts across the sea eagle breeding range.
NatureScot provides funding and administrative support to the schemes and pilots. Each initiative has been developed by a local goose management group, which is chaired by the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate.
Species on the Edge is a partnership of NatureScot and seven nature conservation charities. We are working in partnership to deliver a new programme of work to benefit around 37 of our most vulnerable species.
We work with communities, local initiatives and land managers to tackle species recovery work.
(SISI) is an exciting 4-year partnership project tackling invasive non-native species alongside rivers and water courses in northern Scotland. We are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, NatureScot and through in-kind support from project partners and volunteers - the total project value is some £3.24M.