A list of organisations contact details that are involved in Landscape-scale conservation in Scotland.
Scotland's Carbon Metric Case Study published Feb 2019
This report provides a summary of the pilot studies conducted in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Prestonpans to test the viability of citizen science air quality monitoring studies within the constraints of existing and available technologies.
Activities of people impact on the environment, and our surrounding environment affects us all. Cities and towns, historic surroundings, recreation opportunities and many aspects of our health and wellbeing are shaped by the environment. We all have a part to play in its protection and conservation.
Quality recyclate (recyclable material) is a critical factor in achieving Scotland’s long-term recycling targets and ensuring that high value secondary materials are produced. In March 2015 the Materials Recovery Code was introduced, requiring Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to record the amount and quality of their recyclate input and output, and report this data to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). From October 2015, SEPA worked with MRF operators to support their reporting obligation and to undertake independent site audits. In July 2017, the first 15 months of MRF data, with an accompanying report, were published on Scotland’s environment web.
Starting young: Changing behaviours to improve air quality - Air pollution is a significant public health issue in many Scottish cities due to emissions from vehicles. Working with young people is proving to be a successful way to help change behaviours that contribute to air pollution as shown by a collaborative education initiative called Learn about Air.
Across Scotland, a variety of grants are available to landowners to help them manage woodlands and plant new trees. However, in order to access this funding, individuals and groups have to complete formal applications, providing detailed information about their land, so that its suitability for planting can be fully assessed.
The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) Project is a unique partnership of community, charity and private landowners working together in a Living Landscape initiative. Encompassing over 60,000 hectares (232sq miles) it is one of the largest landscape restoration projects in Europe.
This project aims to improve land and water management decisions in Strathard, a rural area of western Scotland located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. In order to develop more sustainable and resilient land and water management plans, an ecosystems approach is being used.
Cumbernauld Living Landscape aims to enhance, restore and reconnect green areas of the town. Over 50% of Cumbernauld’s town centre is made up of green spaces: parks, woodlands and gardens. However, these areas are often disconnected from one another and many are not as good for people – or wildlife – as they should be.
The Inner Forth landscape is a special place for nature right in the heart of industrial Scotland. It provides a home to thousands of migrating and wintering birds as well as a range of other wildlife. It is also a landscape under pressure, with historic land claim causing the loss of important habitats, and future climate change threatening both the wildlife and the livelihoods of local people.
Covering 16,500 hectares, The Great Trossachs Forest is the legacy project of the Scottish Forest Alliance and is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Woodland Trust Scotland. Since 2006, more than 2 million native trees have been planted, which, along with ancient woodlands, wood pasture and are other important woodland habitats, are creating a natural mosaic of more than 4,400 hectares of connected woods.
The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is an environmental charity working to conserve, enhance and promote the natural heritage of the East Ayrshire Coalfields. The area has a long history of coal extraction, which has resulted in the loss and fragmentation of habitats including important raised and blanket bog.
Scotland's land is a valuable asset. It has evolved over billions of years and is constantly changing. Subsurface, land provides us with valuable resources (minerals, ores, aggregates and fuel). On its surface, we grow food and timber, build roads and houses, and much of our water filters through it. Land stores carbon and supports a wide range of habitats and species.
Scotland’s rocks and landforms provide a range of benefits and help us to understand how the Earth has evolved. They provide us with valuable economic resources and naturally regulate hazards and flooding.
Find out more about the issues facing Scotland's environment, with links to useful data, contacts and information from our partners.
Scotland's environment supports a wide and diverse range of species, and consists of a complex mosaic of habitats which makes up our rich and varied landscape.
This layer of the map based index (GeoIndex) providex an index to 17,500 borehole rock samples (drillcore) from the Mineral Reconnaissance Programme (MRP) and related studies.
The Woodlands In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme provides the focus for Forestry Commission Scotland's work on improving quality of life in towns and cities. This dataset relates to the second phase of the WIAT programme which started in April 2008.
Air pollution is a significant public health issue in many Scottish cities due to emissions from vehicles. Working with young people is proving to be a successful way to help change behaviours that contribute to air pollution as shown by a collaborative education initiative called Learn about Air.
European Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) aims to prevent the illegal shipment of waste. Despite controls introduced by this regulation, illegal waste shipments continue to cause environmental degradation globally
This dataset applies to Felling Licence Application recieved by the Forestry Commission after 1st January 2012 and administered using Forestry Commission Scotland's Case Management System.
Data Commons Scotland (University of Stirling) - Participatory design and Open Data Platforms for a Data Commons in Scotland: Case study - Waste management
This dataset identifies the highest priority areas for rhododendron control as defined by the red and orange areas on the map. Applications for areas out with the red and orange areas will need to make the case for being funded (e.g. by including a letter of support from Forestry Commission Scotland or Scottish Natural Heritage).
The Woodlands In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme provides the focus for Forestry Commission Scotland's work on improving quality of life in towns and cities. This dataset relates to the second phase of the WIAT programme which started in April 2008. This dataset contains new and upgraded footpaths from approved WIAT applications. Additionally there are datasets which show the case boundary and car parks for WIAT applications. Additional information on WIAT can be found in the overall WIAT boundary dataset metadata which gives details on eligibility criteria and further details on the overall programme. Further details can also be found using the Dataset Documentation link within this metadata document.
The quality of our air is important to all of us and we all have a part to play in maintaining good air quality. This section contains information and reports on citizen science projects that aim to increase the understanding and engagement of individuals and communities in air quality.
Blog from Gillian Flint, Scientist in SEPA’s Data Unit, on the launch of A strategy for improving waste data in Scotland (a partnership document written by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government in consultation with a range of stakeholders) and what means for Scotland.
Looking at the importance of getting out and about in Scotland's environment and the benefits to mental and physical health as a result. Also looks at what partner organisations are doing to contribute to the health agenda.
“The future of landscape-scale conservation is not just about delivering more, bigger, better and joined up nature reserves. It is also about winning hearts and minds.” Sir John Lawton Landscape-scale conservation involves working in collaboration at a big scale to deliver more benefits for the environment and people.
High Nature Value Farming (HNV) refers to farming systems where the overall management characteristics of the system provide a range of environmental benefits, particularly maintaining and enhancing a wide range of habitats and species that are considered to be of high nature conservation importance.
Waste data is essential for knowing what waste is produced in Scotland, and how and where it is managed. As Scotland moves towards a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible – this latest waste data strategy outlines five priority actions being taken to improve our understanding of how products and materials flow through our economy.
SmartRivers enables volunteer ‘hubs’, supported by an IFM certified training scheme, to sample and analyse invertebrates to a near-professional standard.
Mention 'Scotland' and 'history' to anyone and they'll no doubt have images of castles, kilted warriors and Nessie running through their minds. And while these are all notable parts of our heritage, they are by no means all we have to offer.
Scotland’s woodlands and forests support a wide range of important plants and animals. Rare and threatened species are more often found in and around semi-natural woodlands, but many have also colonised planted forests.
Get involved! You can improve your understanding of the environment and learn new skills; meet new people who have similar interests to your own; improve both your health and wellbeing. Here are link to freely available resources to help you get involved in citizen science and action.
In this instalment we take a closer look at what the Scotland’s environment partners are doing to help protect and improve our forests and woodlands, and how you can get involved.
SEPA successfully applied to the LIFE+ Programme for matched funding to support Scotland's environment web partnership initiative. A project with a total value of 4.8 million Euros commenced on September 1st 2011, for development of the Scotland's environment web partnership and website until August 2015.
Scotland generally has cool summers, mild winters and rain falls throughout the year. Changes in our climate over the next few decades are unavoidable because of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.
The quality of the air around us is affected by substances released into the atmosphere through human activities, such as transport and industry, as well as from natural sources such as sea salt and volcanic activity.
A new initiative is urging members of the public to be on the lookout for cases of Japanese Knotweed in their local area.
This learning resource about land was written by a qualified school teacher and compliments the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. This is aimed at Senior level.
This learning resource about land was written by a qualified school teacher and compliments the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. This is aimed at Broad General Education - early to fourth level.
Guest blog from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on recyclate quality and the materials recovery code: Many people don't give much thought to what happens to their waste once their bins have been collected. So they don't realise that the separately collected recyclable materials are put through a series of sorting processes, using a mix of machinery and hand separation.
We now understand more about the causes and effects of air pollution but need clearer, more compelling ways to explain this to people living in Scotland so they make everyday transport choices which reduce air pollution, especially in urban areas.
The world wide web has revolutionised how we communicate, find and use information and data. In celebration of its launch seventeen years ago on 23rd August, this is the first of a two-part blog that is shining a light on the web team that brought Scotland’s environment web to life.
Citizen science is about getting everyone, from experts to amateur biologists, school children or enthusiastic beginners, involved in science.
Terms and conditions are a set of rules and guidelines that a user must agree to in order to use your website
The world wide web has revolutionised how we communicate, find and use information and data. In celebration of the launch of the world wide web seventeen years ago on 23rd August, this is the second of a two part blog that is shining a light on the web team that brought Scotland’s environment web to life.
European Transboundary Air Quality and Covid-19
In our next instalment of our Mapvember blog series, we’re continuing to get to know the people who work behind the scenes to develop and maintain the Scotland’s environment mapping tools and are responsible for our spatial data. In this post we meet Olivia Gill, GIS developer, and Linda Gallagher, Technical Author.
Introduction to Willie Towers - the Scotland's environment web blogger - and his new blog about his travels around Scotland
Scotland’s freshwaters are essential for our health and prosperity. As well as being used for drinking, water is used by industry (e.g. distilling whisky and supporting fisheries), for producing energy (hydropower), and for recreational activities such as bird-watching, angling and water sports.
Fifty years on from the introduction of the Clean Air Act, air pollution is still one of the biggest environmental threats we face.
This learning resource about air was written by a qualified school teacher and compliments the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. This is aimed at Broad General Education - early to fourth level.
This learning resource about air was written by a qualified school teacher and compliments the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. This is aimed at Senior level.
With around 19,000km of coastline (that's 8% of Europe's coast) we are quite literally surrounded by the sea - supporting our economy, environment, culture and well-being.
Saturday 3 March was international Open Data Day – an annual celebration of open data all over the world, and an opportunity to highlight the benefits of open data to government, business and communities. Here we'll show you how Scotland’s environment web is working with partners to mobilise environmental data and extending its reach and influence by turning it into accessible information and knowledge.
The 2014 state of the environment report provides an assessment of Scotland’s environment and how it is changing. It is based on assessments that have used data from a wide range of sources. It was written by expert authors from different environmental organisations.