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49 ways to help your wildlife - Views sought on New Plan to help Highland Biodiversity

3rd November 2014

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Views are being sought on a new plan to help wildlife across Highland. The draft Highland Biodiversity Action Plan (2015-2020) was drawn up by the Highland Environment Forum, and went out to public consultation today (Monday 3 November).

Chairperson George Hogg said: "The Forum is made up of representatives of around 50 local groups and organisations. It aims to foster and co-ordinate action on environmental matters and biodiversity is one of the main work streams.

"This is the third Highland Biodiversity Action Plan to be produced since 2006, and it is the most comprehensive. It gives a summary of the background and context, as well as an update on progress made since the biodiversity action planning process started in Highland in 2002.

"The main part of the document is the draft Action Plan, which proposes 49 new ideas for strategic projects that could be undertaken to help wildlife on a Highland scale over the next five years. We are of course bound by limits on the budget and resources that our partners can muster in these difficult times, but nonetheless we are confident that we can achieve a lot by planning ahead and working together."

The draft Plan, consultation questions and a summary table of the 49 proposed actions can be viewed by visiting www.highlandbiodiversity.com and clicking on the Highland Biodiversity Action Plan tab. Paper copies are available from The Highland Council's Biodiversity Officers Jonathan Willet and Janet Bromham who can be contacted on 01463 702274 or e-mail janet.bromham[AT]highland.gov.uk.

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