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Plan for Nature

Our Plan for Nature outlines our ambitions for conserving the nature in our care until 2032 and beyond.

The Trust protects nature by managing land for conservation. We also promote access to, education about, and enjoyment of nature and campaign for its protection.

Our nature conservation is defined by what is important and threatened in Scotland and in our places. As the State of Nature Report evidences, nature is declining in Scotland.

We believe that when nature thrives, it underpins people’s lives and activities, providing physical and mental well-being, employment, sustainable economies, and protection against climate change. We believe that nature’s benefits should be accessible to all so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

We look after all of Scotland’s important habitats but have special responsibility for some in particular: heathlands, pinewoods, and montane willow scrub in our mountains; seabird colonies and machair on our islands; and habitats defined by ancient and veteran trees in our parklands and wood pastures.

Our species conservation focuses on mountain plants and seabirds, plus several other species which we have special responsibility for at our places: hen harrier, red-necked phalarope, corncrake, Greenland white-fronted goose, narrow-headed ant, willow tit, vendace and the Scottish endemics slender scotch burnet moth and Arran whitebeams, which occur nowhere else in the world.

We also have a unique responsibility for about 200 species of invertebrates, lichens, mosses and fungi, which only occur at a handful of sites in the UK.

We aim to work in partnership for the above nature and for a broader range of habitats and species, where we can deliver a key role in wider landscape work, including Scotland’s rainforest.

With the above work, the Trust will play an important part in delivering government commitments for nature, including the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and tackling the nature and climate crises.


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