Biodiversity describes the variety of all life on earth and all the places where it is found.
Our Highland Biodiversity team encourages organisations and individuals to take action to restore and conserve our biodiversity. For more information visit Highland Biodiversity.
There is one local nature reserve in Highland - Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.
Biodiversity Duty Report
Under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act (2004), all public bodies in Scotland are required to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act (2011), further requires public bodies in Scotland to provide a publicly available report, every three years, on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty. The first report is to be made publically available by the 1st January 2015.
The next report will be due in 2018.
Obtaining biological data and habitat mapping
We do not hold any ecological information, this can be obtained from the following resources:
- The Highland Biological Recording Group hold data on species apart from birds and plants
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
- NBN Atlas Scotland
Read about what wildlife is protected in Highland.