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Biodiversity Duty Reporting

Discover all there is to know about reporting on your compliance with the biodiversity duty.

Biodiversity Duty Reporting

Complying with the biodiversity duty

Every public body in Scotland is required to produce a publicly available report, once every three years, on compliance with the biodiversity duty. This requirement is laid out in the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (commonly known as the WANE Act), which came into force on 1 January 2012.

The report must outline the actions that you have taken to further the conservation of biodiversity while carrying out your public body’s day-to-day functions.

Your reporting will help to show:

  • that you are delivering the biodiversity duty
  • evidence of a socially responsible attitude to the way you are conducting your business
  • the contribution you are making towards sustainable development and quality of life issues
  • the contribution you are making towards Scottish Government targets identified in the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and the accompanying Route Map, where these are relevant to your public body’s remit.

Create your biodiversity report

The Scottish Government has produced guidance on reporting on the biodiversity duty.

Here, you’ll find a suggested template, which you can use as a guide to presenting your report. Alternatively, you can incorporate your report as part of another document that you already produce. Take a look at how others have presented their reports in the Biodiversity Duty Reports 2017/18 below.

The guidance also includes a diverse range of example actions that different public bodies have reported on. What’s more, SNH has published various case studies from both local authorities and other types of public bodies on the actions they have taken.

Guidance for Biodiversity Duty Reporting
Guidance for Biodiversity Duty Reporting - Report template
Guidance for Biodiversity Duty Reporting - Example Actions
Guidance for Biodiversity Duty Reporting - Case Studies
Scottish Government evaluation of 2015 Biodiversity Duty reports

Read the SNH Biodiversity Duty report 2015-2017

Read individual Public Bodies Reports:

Local Authorities

 1. Aberdeen City Council
 2. Aberdeenshire Council
 3. Angus Council
 4. Argyll and Bute Council
 5. Clackmannanshire Council
 6. Edinburgh City Council
 7. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
 8. Dumfries and Galloway Council
 9. East Dumbartonshire Council
10. East Lothian Council
11. East Renfrewshire Council
12. Falkirk Council
13. Fife Council
14. Glasgow City Council
15. Highland Council
16. Inverclyde Council
17. Midlothian Council
18. Moray Council
19. North Ayrshire Council
20. North Lanarkshire Council
21. Orkney Islands Council
22. Perth and Kinross Council
23. Renfrewshire Council
24. Scottish Borders Council
25. Shetland Islands Council
26. South Ayrshire Council
27. South Lanarkshire Council
28. Stirling Council
29. West Lothian Council

Other Public Bodies

  1. Cairngorms National Park Authority
  2. CalMac
  3. Forestry Commission
  4. Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd
  5. Historic Environment Scotland
  6. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
  7. NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  8. NHS Fife
  9. NHS Shetland
  10. NHS Tayside
  11. NHS Health Scotland
  12. Police Scotland
  13. Risk Management Authority
  14. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  15. Scottish Enterprise
  16. Scottish Government
  17. Scottish Housing Regulator
  18. Scottish Legal Complaints
  19. Scottish Natural Heritage
  20. Scottish Water
  21. SEPA
  22. SSE
  23. Transport Scotland
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