Biodiversity Action Plan - February 2003
GENERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
A number of specific opportunities for action have been suggested under
each broad habitat, but there were a few more general opportunities that
are common to many habitats, and they are listed below.
Encourage greater recognition of
the benefits of existing land management practices towards biodiversity.
Increase coverage of agri-environment
schemes and land management contracts by raising the overall budget
available for agri-environmental work.
Encourage more habitat enhancement
projects, through initiatives such as Scottish Environmental Protection
Agency’s Habitat Enhancement Initiative, which promotes the creation,
reinstatement and good management of wildlife habitats.
Encourage land managers to re-route
access paths away from sensitive habitats and species through working with
initiatives such as the Highland Access Project.
Employ a farmland biodiversity
officer to advise on agri-environment opportunities and management to
Ensure future developers are made
aware of the biodiversity interest of the area, and any likely impacts
caused by e.g. wind farm proposals.
Eradicate invasive species such as
whins, ragwort or salmonberry in areas where they are threatening other
Encourage wildlife tourism
activities, and continue training in issues related to wildlife tourism
for Tourist Information Centre staff and tourist operators.
Produce web-based biodiversity
materials on www.wildcaithness.org
Continue to raise awareness of
biodiversity and the natural environment through ranger-led walks and
Encourage schools to undertake more
site visits and field trips, using the soon to be re-launched ‘Schools
Out’ pack, which will contain up-to-date information on sites.
Promote the financial benefits
associated with biodiversity, e.g. clean beaches are better for wildlife
and attract more tourists.
Produce a biodiversity audit of
Caithness, summarising the status and distribution of both national and
local priority habitats and species.
Expand the Highland Biological
Recording Centre, and encourage more people to get involved in
recording habitats and species.
Planning, Monitoring and Funding
Encourage more volunteers to get
involved in surveys, beach clean-ups and other biodiversity projects by
providing childcare facilities and reimbursing travel and subsistence
Employ an independent officer to
co-ordinate partner actions aimed at delivering the Caithness Biodiversity
Action Plan, and help volunteer and community groups target funding and
raise awareness and deliver practical biodiversity projects.
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