Islands and coasts conservation project targets species ‘on the edge’

SCOTLAND’S coasts and islands are to be the subject of a near five-year project, to help protect wildlife species in danger of dramatically falling numbers.

Says the Scottish Government agency, NatureScot, here: “Species on the Edge is a new, bold and ambitious partnership programme of eight conservation charities, all dedicated to improving the fortunes of 37 priority species found along Scotland’s coast and islands.”

The eight partners are: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, NatureScot, Plantlife, and RSPB Scotland.

And the announcement continues: “Two Species on the Edge project officers will be based in Orkney for the duration of the four-and-a-half-year programme, working closely with local communities to help them support their local species.

“With over £6 million of funding, including £4 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, together the eight Species on the Edge partner organisations will work with local communities to tackle the impacts of environmental change on wildlife, to benefit both nature and people.”

Pictured: Stromness, Orkney, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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