The innovative conservation work of land managers in the Pentland Hills has been explored during a visit and meeting with Scottish Government Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP.
Lorna Slater was joined by Hugh Dignon, Head of the Wildlife and Biodiversity Unit in the Scottish Government.
In collaboration with the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation scheme, a group of six privately-owned landholdings covering 15,000 acres are collaborating to achieve landscape-scale biodiversity improvement on an urban fringe area that is important for farming and rural business, recreational activity and wildlife.
Farmers and land managers in the Pentlands are coming together through the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) scheme to coordinate the excellent work they are doing to restore our biodiversity and wildlife habitats. It’s really important that nature restoration is taken forward at a landscape scale where this can be done, and it is encouraging to see such positive developments on the doorstep of Edinburgh. I hope this scheme will inspire more clusters of farms and land holdings to come together across Scotland to protect and restore nature.Lorna Slater MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity
The collaborative work of the Cluster is progressive and inspiring and since they formed their grouping in 2019, they have accelerated their ambition of improving the environment through landscape-scale habitat management. “We’re pleased that Wildlife Estates Scotland has provided a framework for the Cluster to move forward and by adopting the best practice encouraged through WES, we are certain that over the next five to 10 years and beyond, the properties involved will be able to demonstrate quantifiable increases in biodiversity. The partners involved in the WES Cluster have different businesses and purposes for land management but working together at scale, they can achieve so much to benefit wildlife in the region.Caroline Pringle, Project Manager at WES
Read more about the PLMA Wildlife Estate Scotland cluster in the Pentland Hills here: PLMA + WES