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Caithness News Bulletins July 2004
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Ross & Cromarty (East) Biodiversity Plan - Launched
The Ross & Cromarty (East) Biodiversity Action Plan was launched on Tuesday 13th July 2004 in Alness. It has been drawn together over the last year, following an initial workshop in May 2003.
At the workshop, 11 local people agreed to meet as the Ross & Cromarty (East) Biodiversity Group to oversee the drafting process. The Group comprises representatives of local land users and conservationists, and the Plan was written with help and input from Scottish Natural Heritage and The Highland Council.
Councillor Richard Durham, who chaired the launch, said: “I am very pleased to launch this Plan, which represents over a year’s hard work by Group members. It is by no means a complete document, but presents us with an excellent starting point and a list of projects that we hope communities, agencies and the Council will work together to take forward in the next five to ten years.
“These exercises often end up producing lengthy plans that are unreadable to local people and result in very little action on the ground. However, I think this project has struck the right balance between planning and implementation, and I hope that further funds can be found to help deliver some of the future actions suggested in the plan.
“I am pleased that in addition to overseeing the drafting and consultation of a plan, the Local Biodiversity Group was able to distribute some funds towards practical projects and awareness-raising events like the ones we are hearing about today.”
Highland Biodiversity Project co-ordinator Janet Bromham then summarised the planning process and the plan itself. This was followed by a number of presentations on the practical delivery of biodiversity projects from community representatives. After lunch, attendees were treated to a tour of the winning garden from last year’s Wildlife Gardening Competition at Milnafua.
The Ross & Cromarty (East) Biodiversity Group has distributed over £10,000 towards wildlife projects involving local people across the area. This includes the following projects:
Copies of the Ross & Cromarty (East) Biodiversity Action Plan will be available in local libraries and service points. Anyone wishing their own copy should contact Janet Bromham, the Highland Biodiversity Officer, Planning & Development Service, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: (01463) 702274.