NatureScot responsibilities and other organisations

We are Scotland’s nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it.

So that all nature in Scotland – our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species – is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits.

It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity.

Before you submit your enquiry please check below to see if we are the right organisation to help you with it, or see the relevant information on our website by using our 'search' facility.

Different organisations all have different areas of responsibility. To assist you we have put together a basic guide to what each organisation does. This is not intended as a detailed breakdown of legal duties.

If you cannot find what you require, please return to our Contact us page.

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Your local authority

Your local authority

  • Access rights and obstructions
  • Aquaculture works licences (Orkney and Shetland only)
  • Checking private drinking water supplies
  • Cleaning up fly-tipping (in some cases)
  • Coastal protection
  • Contaminated land
    - identifying sites
    - arranging for sites to be cleaned up
  • Dog fouling and noise
  • Environmental health
  • Flooding
  • Litter, public health and facilities at beaches
  • Nature conservation (through local biodiversity action plans) 
  • Pest control
  • Planning permission
  • Road obstructions
  • Smoke and smell
  • Waste

Your local Police

Your local Police

  • Wildlife crime
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Road obstructions

Scottish Canals

Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

  • Development consent for fish farms (special arrangements exist in Orkney and Shetland)

Drinking Water Quality Regulator

Drinking Water Quality Regulator

Drinking water quality

Environment and Heritage Service

Environment and Heritage Service

  • Environmental issues in Northern Ireland

Environment Agency

Environment Agency

  • Environmental issues in England and Wales

Fish Health Inspectorate (part of Fisheries Research Service)

Marine and fisheries Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

  • Built environment

Marine Coastguard Agency

Marine Coastguard Agency

  • Pollution from shipping and offshore installations

Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales

  •  Environmental issues in Wales

Scottish Government

Scottish Government

  • Legislation and policy for the environment in Scotland
  • Navigational consent for fish farms
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Environmental legislation and initiatives in areas including sustainable development and rural policy
  • Guiding delegated agencies in delivering objectives
  • Liaising with UK government and EC on wider environmental policies

NatureScot

NatureScot

 

Scottish Water

Scottish Water

  • Quality and supply of public drinking water
  • Disposing of and treating sewage
  • Flooding from sewers
  • Emptying septic tanks (some private businesses also offer this service)

National Grid

National Grid

  • Gas leaks

UK Government

UK Government