Multi-organisational effort launched to protect coastal wildlife in Scotland


Eight leading conservation organisations will team up to help reverse the decline of vulnerable coastal species in Scotland.

The Species on the Edge programme will focus on the conservation of 37 priority species in the country, while raise awareness of coastal and island biodiversity in Scotland. Many invertebrate species are the focus of the project, including Great Yellow Bumblebee, Northern Brown Argus, Northern Colletes and Small Blue.

Many of the species the scheme will help are at risk of extinction. The programme was officially launched at an event in Balnagowan Estate in Invergordon on Saturday 3 June.

An infographic from the Species on the Edge scheme (NatureScot).

Nick Halfhide, NatureScot's director of nature and climate change, said: "It is an excellent example of what can be achieved through working in partnership and, in the face of the biodiversity crisis, will help us to maximise efforts to secure a future for vulnerable species on Scotland's coasts and islands."

Programme activities will include species survey and monitoring, habitat creation and restoration, education and learning events, advice for land managers, volunteering opportunities, training workshops, traineeships, work experience and more. 

The four-and-a-half-year programme, which is partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund, will work across seven landscape areas in Scotland: the Outer Hebrides; the Inner Hebrides, Argyll and Lochaber; the East Coast; the North Coast; Orkney; the Solway coast; and Shetland.