Extra ‘boots on the ground’ to support visitor management in the countryside

MANY of Scotland’s most popular natural sites are receiving a staffing boost this summer, with Scottish Government funding of £900,000 to, among other things, support visitor management.

An additional 62 members of staff are to be deployed in areas such as Shetland, Glencoe, the Pentlands, Loch Lomond and Arran.

The NatureScot Better Places funding will go directly to 24 countryside, coast and island projects across Scotland.

Says the Scottish Government agency, NatureScot, here: “Funding has been awarded to 18 organisations – seven countryside trusts, five local authorities, four charities, one community group, one not-for-profit organisation and one private company.

“This complements additional investment in rangers and visitor operations made this year by NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland, the National Park Authorities and Scottish Water to support the management of busy outdoor places such as the National Nature Reserves, Parks, reservoirs and forests.”

Pictured: the Pentlands, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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