David Pickett SNH showing a sharing Good Practice group around Flanders Moss NNR. Argyll and Stirling Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Putting habitat networks into practice

General guidance on how to implement habitat networks applies to all. There is also some specific advice for particular professionals.

For any habitat network to be effective, it must be implemented and managed with care. This involves focusing on core areas, tailoring your approach, building on what’s already in place and considering future resources.

Strategic planners and policy developers must take a holistic rather than piecemeal approach to implementing habitat networks.

Development management planners must consider habitat networks on an ongoing basis, even where policy guidance is limited.

Land managers can improve habitat connectivity and wider biodiversity, even if the area of land in question is just a small part of a much bigger picture.

Even managers of conservation land and greenspace whose main focus is managing their site can make a difference. The land could form a core area within a habitat network – perhaps even one that’s already been modelled.