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Current vacancies | NatureScot

Things you need to know. Current vacancies. The above link will redirect you to our recruitment page. To view all our current vacancies, please select "view all jobs" when prompted.

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/working-us/current-vacancies


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Working with us | NatureScot

NatureScot is Scotland’s Nature Agency for advising Ministers on matters relating to the natural heritage. The natural environment is a key asset that underpins Scotland’s wealth, health and quality of life.

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/working-us


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Scottish Natural Heritage - NatureScot

Make Space for Nature. Hedgerows offer a habitat for wildlife that fences can never match. Consider planting flowering trees and shrubs such as hazel, willow, blackthorn and hawthorn.

https://www.nature.scot/


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Bats and licensing | NatureScot

Bats and licensing. NatureScot can license certain activities to permit actions that might otherwise constitute an offence against bats or their roosts.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/bats-and-licensing


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Deer returns | NatureScot

Venison dealer returns. Registered venison dealers must submit venison dealer returns to NatureScot. You should record all purchases and sales of venison made during the year from 1 April to 31 March.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/deer/deer-returns


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Peatland ACTION | NatureScot

The Peatland ACTION team are here to help - how best to contact us: [email protected] To speak to one of our local Project Officers about your proposed restoration project, including getting a peat depth and peatland condition survey completed, spatial data requirements or if you are interested in a feasibility study.

https://www.nature.scot/climate-change/nature-based-solutions/peatland-action


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Senior Leadership Team | NatureScot

Francesca Osowska. Francesca leads NatureScot work to enhance our natural environment and inspire the people of Scotland to care more about it. Working closely with the Scottish Government and partners, Francesca builds consensus on the vital role of nature-based, nature-rich solutions to the climate emergency and as a cornerstone of Scotland’s green recovery from Covid-19.

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/board-directors-and-committees/senior-leadership-team


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Law on non-native species in Scotland | NatureScot

Scotland leads the way in the battle against invasive non-native species. Our legislation focuses on prevention rather than cure. The law on non-native species is covered by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2012.). You can see our summary of offences in relation to non-native species below.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/protected-species/invasive-non-native-species/law-non-native-species-scotland


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General licences for birds | NatureScot

General licences for birds. General licences permit ‘authorised persons’ to perform certain actions affecting birds, which would otherwise be illegal, without individual licences.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/birds/general-licences-birds


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Peatland ACTION - Application form and guidance for ...

Application form and documents for 2020/21 funding round – applications to be submitted by midnight 30 September 2020. You must speak to a Project Officer before starting your application - how best to contact us? You must read the guidance below before starting your application, and note your responsibilities.

https://www.nature.scot/peatland-action-application-form-and-guidance-applicants-2020-2021


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Key contacts | NatureScot

General Enquiries. Please note that we also have a feedback form that will help direct enquiries to the correct member of staff.. Currently the switchboard services are not available. However, you can email the Service Delivery team and they will do their best to connect you with the relevant member of staff.

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/contact-us/key-contacts


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Scottish Biodiversity List | NatureScot

The Scottish Biodiversity List is a list of animals, plants and habitats that Scottish Ministers consider to be of principal importance for biodiversity conservation in Scotland.

https://www.nature.scot/scotlands-biodiversity/scottish-biodiversity-strategy/scottish-biodiversity-list


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Achanarras Quarry Nature Reserve | NatureScot

Achanarras Quarry Nature Reserve. Discover the world-famous fossil fish of this former quarry. A huge lake covered the area 380 million years ago.

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/naturescot-nature-reserves/achanarras-quarry-nature-reserve


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Maerl beds | NatureScot

Living maerl is a purple-pink hard seaweed that forms spiky underwater ‘carpets’ on the seabed, known as 'maerl beds’. As a type of 'coralline’ algae, maerl deposits lime in its cell walls as it grows, creating a hard, brittle skeleton.

https://www.nature.scot/landscapes-and-habitats/habitat-types/coast-and-seas/marine-habitats/maerl-beds


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Badgers and licensing | NatureScot

Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (as amended). Read about the badger as a protected species and find out how to identify a badger sett.. Most badger survey techniques, including bait marking, don’t require a licence – but you may need one for research involving badgers.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/badgers-and-licensing


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Area offices | NatureScot

NatureScot in your area. As well as our Headquarters and our feedback form for general enquiries we also have a network of Area offices serving the country. Inverness Reception Tel: 01463 725000

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/contact-us/area-offices


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Protected species A-Z guide | NatureScot

Explore our A–Z guide to read about Scotland’s hundreds of protected species, including our summaries of offences in relation to each. Or view a table of protected species and the legislation that protects each of them.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/protected-species/protected-species-z-guide


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Sites of Special Scientific Interest | NatureScot

More than 1,400 Sites of Special Scientific Interest represent the best of Scotlands flora, fauna, geology, geomorphology or a mix of these features.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/protected-areas/national-designations/sites-special-scientific-interest


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Visual representation of wind farms: Guidance | NatureScot

Our guidance and figures on visual representation of wind farms is designed to help developers produce visualisations which are easy to understand and which can be verified.

https://www.nature.scot/visual-representation-wind-farms-guidance


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Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve | NatureScot

We ask that you continue to follow the Scottish Government and NHS guidelines and help protect yourself, your family and your local community: Maintain hand hygiene; Follow physical distancing guidelines; While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Thank you for your patience and support; we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/flanders-moss-national-nature-reserve


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SiteLink

SiteLink provides access to data and information on key Protected Areas across Scotland. You can view site boundaries, designated features and download supporting ...

https://sitelink.nature.scot/home


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Assessing Connectivity with Special Protection Areas (SPAs)

Osprey Core range of 10km, with some regular foraging up to 20km, and maximum recorded distance of 28km. Merlin Within 5km. Peregrine Core range of 2km, with maximum

https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2018-08/Assessing%20connectivity%20with%20special%20protection%20areas.pdf


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Guidance - Assessing the cumulative impact of onshore wind ...

Disclaimer: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has changed the name to NatureScot as of the 24th August 2020. At the time of publishing, this document may still refer to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and include the original branding.

https://www.nature.scot/guidance-assessing-cumulative-impact-onshore-wind-energy-developments


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Beyond your boundary: easy steps to learning in local ...

Disclaimer: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has changed the name to NatureScot as of the 24th August 2020. At the time of publishing, this document may still refer to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and include the original branding.

https://www.nature.scot/beyond-your-boundary-easy-steps-learning-local-greenspace


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Local path networks | NatureScot

Walk, run or cycle - your local path network is ideal for regular errands and outings close to home. Local paths can take you to and from work or school, get you to your favourite activities and connect you with your friends – and all for free.

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/routes-explore/local-path-networks


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Contact us | NatureScot

As a result of the latest Covid-19 advice from the UK and Scottish Governments, we have taken the decision to close our offices but our staff are working from home. For general enquiries during this period please email us here. If you want to call us during this period please see our key contacts page.. This email address will be monitored during our normal office opening hours:

https://www.nature.scot/about-naturescot/contact-us


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Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve | NatureScot

Top attractions • Visit at sunrise or sunset for breathtaking wildlife and scenery. • Watch wintering geese, normally resident in the Arctic. • Listen to natterjack toads, Scotland’s rarest amphibian.. Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.. What’s on? Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/caerlaverock-national-nature-reserve


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Local Landscape Areas | NatureScot

Local Landscape Area (LLA), following Scottish Government policy, is the name used for the local landscape designation. Previous names include Special Landscape Area and Area of Great Landscape Value.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/protected-areas/local-designations/local-landscape-areas


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Landscape Character Assessment | NatureScot

In the European Landscape Convention definition ‘Landscape’ means an area, as perceived by people, whose visual features and character are the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/landscape/landscape-character-assessment


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Peatland ACTION - How to apply | NatureScot

Peatland ACTION Funding. The next round of Peatland ACTION funding is now open and applications can be submitted until midnight on 30 September 2020.. How to Apply? You must get in touch with one of our Project Officers as early as possible before you submit your Application.

https://www.nature.scot/climate-change/nature-based-solutions/peatland-action/peatland-action-how-apply


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Foraging | NatureScot

Once a means of seasonal sustenance, foraging is enjoying a revival among people keen to eat fresh, seasonal and local food. More and more people are keen to reconnect with the land and learn more about indigenous, natural food.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/planning-and-development/social-and-economic-benefits-nature/food-and-drink/foraging


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Deer authorisations | NatureScot

NatureScot issues authorisations under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996, for example to prevent deer damaging the natural heritage.. Authorisations are required to shoot deer: during the closed season; at night – i.e. from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/deer/deer-authorisations


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Landscape policy: wild land | NatureScot

Landscape policy: wild land. Scotland’s wild and remote areas have a distinct and special character, which is increasingly rare to find, and require protection.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/landscape/landscape-policy-and-guidance/landscape-policy-wild-land


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Forvie National Nature Reserve | NatureScot

We ask that you continue to follow the Scottish Government and NHS guidelines and help protect yourself, your family and your local community: Maintain hand hygiene; Follow physical distancing guidelines; While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Thank you for your patience and support; we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/forvie-national-nature-reserve


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Natural Capital Asset Index | NatureScot

Natural capital is a term for the habitats and ecosystems that provide social, environmental and economic benefits to humans. Scotland has a wide range of these habitats and ecosystems - each of which makes a unique contribution to the wellbeing of those who live and work in Scotland.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/planning-and-development/social-and-economic-benefits-nature/natural-capital-asset-index


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Priority marine features in Scotland's seas | NatureScot

Scotland’s list of priority marine features contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland’s seas.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/priority-marine-features-scotlands-seas


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Code of Practice on Deer Management | NatureScot

Disclaimer: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has changed the name to NatureScot as of the 24th August 2020. At the time of publishing, this document may still refer to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and include the original branding.

https://www.nature.scot/code-practice-deer-management


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Hares and licensing | NatureScot

Intentionally or recklessly killing, injuring or taking a mountain or brown hare in the closed season is an offence under the amended Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.. Licences can only be granted for specific purposes, including:

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/hares-and-licensing


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Scottish Landscape Character Types Map and Descriptions ...

Scotland has a digital map-based national LCA (published in 2019). This shows Landscape Character Types (LCTs) – i.e. areas of consistent and recognisable landscape character.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/landscape/landscape-character-assessment/scottish-landscape-character-types-map-and-descriptions


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Local Nature Conservation Sites | NatureScot

Local Nature Conservation Sites (LNCSs) identify locally important natural heritage that could be damaged by development. LNCSs are found in every local authority area across Scotland.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/protected-areas-and-species/protected-areas/local-designations/local-nature-conservation-sites