Find out who else is working to protect and improve our biodiversity and how you can get involved.
Scotland's Nature Festival 2016
From the 21st to 29th of May events are taking place across Scotland to celebrate biodiversity as part of Scotland's Nature Festival. Find out what's on near you and be a part of it.
The Biodiversity Scotland website is full of information about what you can do to protect and celebrate our biodiversity through your work or business or as an individual.
You'll find sector specific information on what you can do
to help improve our biodiversity - whether you're a business, farmer, teacher, policy maker or a community group there is relevant advice and guidance available.
You can also find out more about Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs)
, how they help to conserve and enhance biodiversity at a local authority level and engage communities, and what's happening in your area.
Whether you're involved in new school builds, refurbishments or existing school grounds, the school estate can play a vital role in conserving Scotland's biodiversity. Have a look at the Biodiversity and the school estate
section for lots of great information on how you can plan and manage school grounds for biodiversity.
Or why not sign-up to the Biodiversity Scotland newsletter to keep up-to-date with biodiversity news.
Atlas of Living Scotland
The Atlas of Living Scotland, an exciting new online resource, is now available. There will be an introductory launch for stakeholders on Friday 27 May at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh.
The Atlas of Living Scotland is your gateway to learning about Scotland’s natural world.
This collaborative project brings together data on plants, animals and habitats, collected by individuals and organisations throughout Scotland and makes them freely available online for use and analysis. The Atlas of Living Scotland is part of the Scotland's Environment Web family of daughter websites.
Biodiversity begins with a B
2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity: a strategy for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in Scotland, highlights the need to protect biodiversity for both its own sake but also because of the benefits the environment gives us.
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity is a supplement to the Scotland's Biodiversity: It's in Your Hands (2004). Together, the two documents comprise the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. The 2020 Challenge document provides greater detail in some areas, responds to the new international targets, and updates some elements of the 2004 document. Last June a further document was published by the Scottish Government, Scotland’s Biodiversity – a Route Map to 2020, which sets out priority work for biodiversity over the next five years to 2020.
All documents are available on the Scottish Government website, where you can also find further information about what is being done to safeguard Scotland's biodiversity.
Take a look at the importance of bees to our natural environment in this short video
from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Biodiversity is at the core of much of what SNH do, such as management of designated sites, licensing for protected species, provision of funding for projects and groups, and it plays an important lead role in driving biodiversity action in Scotland. Find out more about the biodiversity work SNH is involved in on the SNH website
Variety is the spice of life
Scotland's forests might only cover 17% of the land but they support a high share of our fabulous biodiversity. Find out how Forestry Commission Scotland is working to enhance and conserve forest and woodland biodiversity in Variety is the spice of life - Action for nature of Scotland's National Forest Estate
and on the website
Marine nature conservation
Recent estimates suggest that Scotland's seas are home to around 6,500 species of animals and plants (not counting the microbial flora). Read about
how Marine Scotland manage our seas sustainably to protect this rich biodiversity.
The environmental regulator's role
As Scotland's principal regulator, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has clear statutory duties to protect and safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem status through its regulatory functions. Learn more on the SEPA website
and in SEPA View articles - Biodiversity: why it matters
; Mapping the benefits of nature in Scotland
; Extra terrestrial activites
; Invasive non native species Q&A
; Valuing our environment: the ecosystem services approach
; The secret world of fungi: Scotland's hidden biodiversity