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Biodiversity and the school estate

Biodiversity in school grounds: for health, nature, learning, play and social development

Whether you're involved in new school builds, refurbishments or existing school grounds, the school estate can be part of Scotland's agenda to be at the forefront of international biodiversity conservation.

Explore the information and resources we've gathered together to find out more about how to plan for biodiversity. This will be relevant to local authority school estate managers, biodiversity officers, Eco-schools staff and other local authority staff with an interest in managing their school area.

Scots pine seedling. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity is the variety of life. All living things are connected in a web of life.

Red Admiral butterfly feeding on plums. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Biodiversity benefits

Find out more about how biodiversity can help you and what you can do to ensure this continues.

Captive European Otter (Lutra lutra) Highland Wildlife Park.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

The law and biodiversity

How the law on biodiversity applies to the school estate.

Meadow-3.jpg (Birds foot trefoil, Red Clover in a wildflower meadow) grassland (SNH) - Birds foot trefoil, Red Clover and Ox-eye daisies growing in a wildflower meadow habitat creation scheme, Woodend, Little Glenshee, Tayside and Clackmannanshire Area. © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Designing with biodiversity in mind

Ideas for new and existing school projects that take account of biodiversity.

Ranger-8.jpg (Ranger led school group) (gateway) - Ranger led school group at the Eden Estuary LNR, Fife. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Creating Outdoor Learning space

Make the most of the Curriculum for Excellence by creating places to learn outdoors.

C-062.jpg (greenspace) Children by the pond (SNH) - Children by the pond at Glenboig Village Park.  George Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Sustainability

The design, construction and operation of school estates can contribute to their sustainability.

Blackbird (gateway) - Blackbird. ©Brian Alexander. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Biodiversity on a Budget

Landscape design that supports biodiversity is not necessarily more expensive than other types of landscaping.

walks_5.jpg (guided walk with people and kids) (gateway) - The RSPB riverside guided walk, Kelvingrove, Glasgow. ©Peter Sandground/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Biodiversity resources

Useful and relevant resources for school estate managers.



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