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Countryside
Welcome to Countryside

From Unst to St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve and from the islands of St Kilda and Iona to the mountains of Glencoe and Mar Lodge Estate, we look after some of Scotland's finest landscapes and wildlife.

Today we own 78,000 ha, including core landholdings at the heart of both of Scotland's National Parks, seven National Nature Reserves, 27 sites designated as of European importance for nature conservation and 46 sites of national importance. We care for over 400 Islands and over 400 miles of footpath - a truly awesome responsibility, and one that we approach with increasing levels of professionalism.

Caring for our countryside is delivered through countryside management. Countryside management seeks to conserve and enhance natural and cultural features in the countryside for the enjoyment and appreciation of visitors and residents. It includes on the one hand the delivery of practical habitat, species and cultural site management and on the other the provision of visitor facilities and support services, access provision through primarily footpath management, environmental education and interpretation.

To do this we employ some 80 countryside staff and involve around 500 volunteers annually. And in excess of one million visitors enjoy these treasures each year.

We hope you'll enjoy finding out more about the Trust's leading role in caring for Scotland's countryside heritage: The NTS Countryside Management Programme is supported by: