Year of Natural Scotland

Scotland's Big 5The aim of SNH’s 2013 'Year of Natural Scotland' initiative was to promote Scotland as one of the world’s most stunning places, full of natural splendour, awe-inspiring landscapes, wildlife, and biodiversity. One of the overall objectives is to encourage visitors to enjoy our wonderful landscapes and scenery, wildlife and heritage responsibly. It aims to inspire everyone to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding landscapes, wildlife and its natural larder.

We championed the red grouse, grey partridge, brown hare, woodcock and black grouse as our Year of Natural Scotland Big 5 at our Scottish Game Fair. They formed part of the fascinating and interactive GWCT, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage central exhibit. The public meeting of GWCT, FCS and SNH may seem unusual to some, but it is our organisations’ collective determination to forge ahead for the good of our natural environment which has uncovered common ground on which to build the celebratory display for the public to enjoy. This initiative built on a Statement of Intent signed by GWCT and SNH in 2011 - the aim of which was to work together more effectively in order to achieve more for Scotland’s biodiversity. Both organisations pledged to work in partnership afresh to benefit nature and Scotland’s people.

This initiative has rolled over into Homecoming Scotland 2014. For further information please click here.


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