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Land management order

Land management orders (LMOs) compel land managers to do work to conserve, restore or enhance a site’s protected natural features.

Scottish Ministers may make LMOs for:

Using land management orders

Scottish Ministers may make an LMO following a proposal from Scottish Natural Heritage – but only after we’ve offered the relevant land manager a management agreement. The land manager must have refused or failed to enter the agreement, or failed to carry out the agreed work. The land manager may appeal to the Scottish Land Court.

Where a land manager carries out management under an LMO, SNH will pay the land manager the value of the management agreement previously offered.

If we must carry out the work instead, we may recover from the land manager any costs over and above the value of the management agreement.

LMOs may be used to let SNH carry out conservation work on SSSI and Natura sites where:

  • either the land is unoccupied
  • or all reasonable efforts have failed to identify and make contact with the landowner

Land management orders in force

There are currently no LMOs in force (as at October 2017).