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Our policy and guidance

We publish a range of policy and guidance documents setting out our position and advice on nature and landscapes topics.

We participate in policy development:

  • by responding to consultations
  • by delivering advice sought by Scottish Ministers
  • by working jointly with other parties with an interest in the topic
  • through a combination of the above means

Where changes in approach are proposed, we aim to consult widely among those likely to be affected.

Our policy statements cover a wide range of topics – some general, some specific. The statements outline our approach to aspects of nature and landscapes, and their management, and to our own activities.They form the basis of much of the advice we provide to others.

Like all public sector organisations, we carry out Strategic Environmental Assessment for our own plans and strategies, consulting publicly on both the assessments and draft plans.

Policy and guidance documents

Policy and guidance documents can be found across this website, wherever they are relevant to a topic. All of these documents are also located in our Information Library