Biodiversity Action Plan - February 2003
WHAT CAN YOU DO
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Everyone can do their bit for biodiversity, whether it is on the farm or
croft, in the garden or down the
shops! Here are some examples of how you can help:
- Buy products that will last as long as possible,
with as little packaging as possible.
- Re-use your shopping bags and take a strong bag
with you when you go shopping.
- Re-use and recycle things as much as possible.
- Buy recycled and locally sourced products when
- Make sure any wood products you buy have the FSC
(Forestry Stewardship Council) logo.
- Dispose of hazardous substances wisely.
- Use less chemicals at home and in the garden.
- Use biodegradable cleaning products and washing
- Don’t flush non-biodegradable items down the
- Report all fly-tipping and pollution incidents
to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.
- Make use of the public amenity skips and waste
oil banks at Seater Landfill Site.
Use less energy
- Reduce heat loss by insulating your house well.
- Use low-energy light bulbs and turn the TV off
when you’re not watching it.
- Buy energy efficient appliances when you renew
- Try to use your car as little as possible.
Garden for wildlife
- Compost all your garden and vegetable waste.
- Buy alternatives to peat based products.
- Plant native species that will provide food and
shelter for wildlife all year round.
- Leave a ‘wild bit’ - long grass, nettles and
other weeds can be good for butterflies.
- Grow your own vegetables, and buy locally
- Put up nest boxes and bat boxes, and build log
or stone piles for insects.
- If you have space, dig a pond.
- Take part in local environmental projects.
- Find out about your local biodiversity.
- Join the Caithness Countryside Volunteers.
- Join the Caithness Field or Bird Club, and take
part in surveys or projects.
- Send all wildlife records to the Highland
Biological Recording Group.
- Alert those involved or the relevant body of any
activities that are damaging biodiversity.
Keep biodiversity high on the political agenda
by writing to your local Councillor or MP.
This plan has been prepared under the auspices of the
Highland Biodiversity Project, which is a two-year project led by The
Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highlands & Islands
Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise and RSPB Scotland.
Funding is currently being sought for a second phase of the Highland
Biodiversity Project, extending beyond January 2004 to focus on the
delivery of local biodiversity action plans in Highland. In the
meantime, it is envisaged that the partners listed in Annex 1 of this
report will work towards the delivery of many of the outputs suggested
in the ‘Opportunities for action’ sections.
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