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New green recovery fund to help manage visitors at nature ‘hotspots’ - NatureScot

Visitors to Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot
Visitors to Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot

Community groups, charities and NGOs are being encouraged to apply for a new £200,000 fund to support Scotland’s green recovery, launched by NatureScot today (Wednesday 9 November).

The NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery Fund will help to identify the local impacts and opportunities of visitor management at nature destinations across the country, boosting Scotland’s green recovery by making the most of increased nature-based tourism.

Scotland’s countryside, coasts and local green spaces have seen unprecedented numbers of visitors since initial lockdown restrictions were relaxed in the summer. And while there are considerable benefits for visitors, local communities and businesses from more people enjoying Scotland’s outdoors and nature, several challenges have also arisen, particularly at our most popular destinations.

These challenges include increasing capacity for higher numbers of visitors at ‘hotspots’, including parking and traffic and management; issues associated with more people camping, such as accommodating more campervans; and tackling the high-profile incidents of littering, wildfires, toileting and general damage to our nature that have hit the headlines this year.

Posted on: 10 December 2020

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