The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its proposed Biodiversity Strategy. The vision outlined in the draft document is positive, but the proposals are lacking a clear plan for how these will be achieved. Join our call for the strategy to give nature the help it needs.

We need targets to focus action

The strategy must be the driving force behind targeted and ambitious action for nature. Bold targets are essential. There’s no time to scale back or water down in the face of the nature and climate crisis.

1 in 9
species in Scotland
is at risk from extinction
of native woodland
is in good condition - less than 0.2% of Scotland's land area

Ancient woodland condition must be improved

To put nature on a path to recovery, we must protect and restore our most nature-rich woods. Ancient woodlands have accumulated a huge diversity of species over several centuries, including seeds, spores and populations found nowhere else. But many are struggling to survive the myriad threats they face. They must be protected and enhanced. We need short and long-term targets to ensure no ancient woodland is left in a critical condition.

Ancient woodland sites planted with conifers must be restored to full health. Returning native broadleaf species and opening up the canopy would enable dormant ground flora to re-establish and struggling wildlife to return and flourish.

Protect our living legends

Ancient and veteran trees – our living legends – must be protected too. Impressive and complex structures, ancient trees are full of nooks and crannies that harbour rare and specialist wildlife.

Targeted native woodland expansion is essential

Native woodland is estimated to cover 6% of Scotland's land and is often found in highly fragmented patches. Expanding woodland cover from existing sites can help build back Scotland's biodiversity.

Imagine thriving Caledonian pinewoods, expansive montane woodlands, new woodlands boosting the health of our rivers and trees and woodland stitched into our farmland.

To realise this vision, we need the strategy to include a target that will see native woodland cover increase to 7% of land area by 2030 and 10% by 2045.

Credit: Niall Benvie / WTML

A model for nature’s restoration

Our Glen Finglas site is a prime example of biodiversity regeneration. We’ve nurtured it from neglected and overgrazed land into a resilient landscape that is a haven for wildlife, including black grouse, beavers and golden eagle. Glen Finglas shows that with targeted management and long-term action and resources, biodiversity can be restored. Discover Glen Finglas' transformation.

You can make a difference

The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy consultation is open until 12 September. Add your voice and tell Government that for real results, bold targets are needed to:

  • protect and recognise Scotland’s ancient and veteran trees for their biodiversity value
  • restore the many ancient woods that are in critical condition
  • expand and connect fragmented patches of native woodland to help Scotland’s wildlife thrive.
Pearl bordered fritillary butterfly on cocksfoot grass

Demand a robust Scottish Biodiversity Strategy

Press Government for targets that will focus resources and action for nature

Respond to the consultation