A lifeline for Scotland’s ‘species on the edge’ - National Lottery Heritage Fund

Urgent action to save 37 of Scotland’s most vulnerable coastal and island species is underway thanks to £4.2million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Species on the Edge project will support threatened nature and wildlife on Scotland’s coastal fringe, from the Solway to Shetland, the east coast to the Outer Hebrides.

Species on the edge

From 1994 to 2016, 49% of Scottish species decreased. Of 6,413 species assessed, 11% faced a threat of extinction.

Species on the Edge will focus its support on 37 of Scotland’s most at risk species, including:

Threats to their survival include land use change, climate change, pollution and invasive non-native species.

Working together for nature

The four-and-a-half year programme is led by NatureScot, working in partnership with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife Scotland and RSPB Scotland.

The partnership will bring together expert scientific knowledge, local networks and unparalleled experience in engaging local communities and key stakeholders in plans to protect wildlife.

Their work will include habitat enhancement – including the sowing of essential wildlife-supporting plants – alongside vital surveys and data collection. There will also be lots of opportunities for people to volunteer, learn new skills and attend a wide range of cultural and community events.

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Posted On: 18/08/2022

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