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Habitat networks in policy and practice

Habitat networks can help to meet many of the nature conservation targets set by national governments and the European Commission.

Various items of Scottish, UK and European policy and legislation refer to habitat networks. These may be relevant to your area of expertise and you may need to take them into account when planning a network.

Policies and legislation often refer to how important it is to consider ecology on a wider scale than a single species or site. In some cases, you may be able to access greater financial and/or organisational support for actions that add to habitat networks.

Planners and policy developers, land managers and managers of conservation land and greenspace in particular should consider relevant policy and legislation.

General guidance on how to implement habitat networks effectively applies to all, and there’s also specific advice for a range of professionals. Strategic planners, development management planners and policy developers have a vital role to play.