This guidance sets out when conservation translocations may be appropriate and situations in which they could cause problems to wildlife, people and the environment.
Conservation translocations involve deliberately moving and releasing plants or animals into the wild for conservation purposes. This can increase the number of individuals in a population or places in which a species occurs. It can also offset biodiversity declines – whether caused by habitat loss, climate change or other human impacts.
Though many conservation translocations are low-risk, some may adversely affect the environment and other land-uses.
The Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations should be read alongside the Best Practice Guidelines for Conservation Translocations in Scotland.