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Marram grass growing in the embryonic sand dunes at Machir Bay, Traigh Mhachir, Islay ©Lorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

Funding decisions on the Biodiversity Challenge Fund have been announced

The Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) is a competitive fund with a budget of up to £2 million which aims to enable targeted action for priority habitats and species, accelerating efforts that will help Scotland meets its international biodiversity commitments. 

Scottish Natural Heritage will invest up to £2 million in projects across Scotland that focus on improving and restoring habitats, creating/enhancing habitats for key species and, where appropriate, encourage increased access to nature.

14 successful projects have been confirmed. Summaries of each will be provided as funding agreements are finalised.

Action is needed on the following Aichi targets:

  • Habitat loss reduced (Aichi target 5)
  • Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry (Aichi target 7)
  • Invasive species (Aichi target 9)
  • Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change (Aichi target 10)