Accessibility statement for Scotland’s environment website

Scotland’s Environment aims to provide a website that is usable and accessible to all. Our objective is to conform to guidelines and standards for UK Government websites, which support the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at Level AA. These guidelines ensure that we achieve and maintain an appropriate accessibility standard and that our website is inclusive.

In addition, new accessibility regulations mean online public sector organisations have a legal duty to make sure that websites and mobile apps meet accessibility standards.

This accessibility statement covers Scotland’s environment website including the following domain and subdomain:

  • Scotland’s environment website:
  • Scotland’s environment map:

We know some parts of Scotland’s environment website are not fully accessible including:

  • Our maps, data visualisation tools, embedded data widgets
  • Audio, video & older PDF documents.

Feedback and contact information

If you have any problems accessing information on Scotland’s environment website then please contact us with the details of information you require and we will try to provide the information in a different format.

Contact Us

Our service level agreement is 28 days and we aim to reply as promptly as possible.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Compliance status

Scotland’s environment website is currently partially compliant and meets most of the WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

  • Some area of the website have been identified as being non-compliant – see Accessibility Report summary at the end of this page.
  • Some areas of the website are inaccessible and exempt because they are out-of-scope of the regulations. i.e Maps, Data visualisation tools, data widgets etc. See full list below.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Accessibility issues identified by the audit include:

  • Contrast Ratios on links, breadcrumb, search button & Image links
  • Alerts on redundant links, skipped headings & redundant title text
  • Missing Alt text issues.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Many of the map and data applications within Scotland’s environment website are not accessible and fall outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.

Exempt from accessibility regulations and therefore not accessible on this website are:

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 8th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 8th September 2020.

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by the Scotland’s environment team.

Sample pages from Scotland’s environment website were selected for testing – these pages were considered to be representative of the website and it’s content and functionality. Pages selected for testing included:

An accessibility audit was carried out on these pages using:

Website Accessibility Audit Summary

Using an NVDA Screen Reader – it was possible to navigate through all three sample pages using a keyboard. It was possible to tab through each page hierarchy, and hear an audio commentary of the page content.


Contrast Ratio:

  • Normal Text (8.59:1)
  • Large Text Pass (8.59:1)
  • Min requirement (4.5:1)

200+ Structural Elements:

  • Heading structure
  • Ordered Lists
  • Unordered Lists
  • InLine Frame

26 Features:

  • Alt text
  • Linked images & alt text
  • Form label
  • Search Form.

65 ARIA Elements (hidden elements):

  • ARIA button
  • ARIA hidden
  • ARIA Tab Index


18 Alerts:

  • Page region
  • Skipped heading level
  • Redundant links
  • Redundant Title text
  • Link to PDF
  • Broken same page link
  • No page region


Contrast Ratio:

  • 6 x Calls to action images (2.65:1)
  • Search button (GO) (2.65:1)
  • Breadcrumb (2.43:1)
  • Hyperlinks (2.65:1)
  • Min requirement (3.0:1)


  • 13 Empty Link Errors (Calls to Action & Social Media)
  • 16 Low contrast hyperlinks

Note: Many of the issues reported above are the same issue reported multiple times – i.e. breadcrumb issue was flagged more than once as it appears on more than one page.

Contact us if you wish to request a copy of the full accessibility audit report.

What Scotland’s environment are doing to improve accessibility

Review and fix links with issues including alt text, empty links, broken links highlighted by the audit.

This page was reviewed on 09 Sep 2020

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