Scotland’s world-renowned natural landscapes and habitats aren’t just beautiful. Research shows access to nature improves our health and well-being, and it’s clear more people are recognising this: an estimated 610,000 people visited Scotland’s nature reserves last year, reaping the benefits of fresh air and green space. The benefits of nature extend far beyond this, supporting our economic growth and reducing the impact of climate change.
At Scottish Natural Heritage our goal is to connect people and nature, to ensure nature thrives and benefits individuals, communities, and Scotland as a whole. We work with other public sector bodies, businesses, and volunteers to accomplish these aims.
Here are a few of our key achievements this year:
- Launched a £20m fund to enhance green space in Scottish towns and cities
- Led the development of the National Walking and Cycling Network
- Restored 400ha of peatlands under the PeatlandACTION programme
- Published the first ever map of Scotland’s machair, a habitat unique to Scotland and Ireland
- Published an extensive Review of Deer Management to help develop a more sustainable approach to deer management
- Advised on Scottish Government’s decision to allow the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland
Our 2016/17 Annual Report, goes into more detail about these projects and the work we’ve done to ensure a prosperous Scottish natural environment. Together, we can help Scotland flourish.