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Biogenetic reserve

Biogenetic reserves were first created to enable biological research and, in Scotland, were then based around National Nature Reserves.

Scotland has two biogenetic reserves. These overlap the Forvie National Nature Reserve and Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

No new biogenetic reserves have been designated in Scotland since 1992. It’s rare that we refer to the designation now.

Designation

Biogenetic reserve is a non-statutory designation made by the Council of Europe under:

The concept of biogenetic reserves arose from the Bern Convention, which the UK Government ratified in 1983.

Selection

Scotland’s biogenetic reserves were proposed by Scottish Ministers on the advice of Scottish Natural Heritage.