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Biodiversity Duty - planning for action

Find out how to get started in planning actions to meet your biodiversity duty.

Getting started

As you begin to think about your biodiversity duty, you can use the information in this section to establish what’s important, to gain commitment among staff, and plan resources.

What you need to know

If you’re looking for a quick introduction to the biodiversity duty and want to know why you should get involved, take a look through Biodiversity Duty Explained

You should also know about the Scottish Biodiversity List. This is the list of species and habitats of the highest priority for biodiversity conservation in Scotland. It can help you to establish your priorities.

Think it through

Explore why you are getting involved.  How is biodiversity relevant to your organisation? will help explain this and why your organisation is important to biodiversity.

Who should take the lead?

Ideally, senior management will sign up to take action. It should then be possible to promote awareness of biodiversity throughout the organisation.

This will help integrate biodiversity within the core work of your organisation and make the best use of the necessary resources, including people, money and materials.

Get the right people involved

You will need either a person or a team to coordinate the planning and action.

Try to involve people with an interest in biodiversity, with knowledge of your corporate processes and, most importantly, with enthusiasm, influence and lots of staying power!


Promoting awareness of biodiversity is crucial. Involve colleagues in what’s happening, seek opinions and raise awareness of the issues.

Here are some of the types of information that you could share on a regular basis to promote biodiversity awareness and maintain interest:

  • Your organisation’s biodiversity policy, objectives and targets
  • Information sheets that explain biodiversity
  • Key achievements, progress and success stories
  • Ways to get involved and reminders of the little things that can help achieve a lot in local biodiversity conservation. Read biodiversity on a budget for some ideas.

Next steps

Once you’ve got the ball rolling, head to the make biodiversity a way of life page to get involved in more detailed planning.

And if you’re looking for some tips for quick and easy ways to get involved in biodiversity conservation, check out biodiversity on a budget.