Beach in South Harris, Western Isles (Scotland). ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF)




Our Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund supports opportunities to conserve, protect and promote the nature and culture of the Highlands & Islands. 

Funding decisions have been made for the single round of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Challenge Fund and 14 applicants have been offered funding.



Our Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund provides opportunities for investment in the Highlands and Islands to conserve, protect, promote and develop our natural and cultural heritage.


Maoin Dulchais Nàdair is Cultair


Bidh a’ mhaoin againn, Maoin Dualchais Nàdair is Cultair, a’ toirt chothroman airson airgead a chur an seilbh air a’ Ghàidhealtachd ’s na h-Eileanan airson dualchas nàdair ’s cultair a ghlèidheadh, a dhìon, a bhrosnachadh ’s a leasachadh.

Find out more

Interview with Jess Tomes, Visitor Operations Manager, Wildlife Watch Abernethy project

Back in the 1950s Loch Garten sprang into the national news as the centre of efforts to protect ospreys in Scotland.  It was one of this nation's most successful wildlife stories and today the site remains synonymous with celebrating our natural history. A new project - Wildlife Watch Abernethy - is now set to build on that popularity.

Wildlife Watch Abernethy has received just over £252,000 from the Natural Cultural and Heritage Fund, which will create three new, local jobs as well as extend the opening season and improve the visitor experience at Loch Garten, so more people can enjoy the nature reserve and learn about conservation in the Cairngorms.

Read our latest Partner Press Release: 

You can also read a short powerpoint introduction to our NCHF projects.