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Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity is our living bank balance.  It provides us with many of the things that sustain our lives. It is essential for our health and well-being that we protect our biodiversity and the services that nature provides. 

Scarista Beach on the Isle of Harris. İLorne Gill/SH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177

Nature's services

Nature provides us with the clean air, clean water, food and a host of other services.

Criffel at sunset from Caerlaverock NNR. İNick Gedge/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Biodiversity and the economy

The natural environment is worth about £17.2 billion a year to the Scottish economy!

Dog walker on a woodland path near Dunkeld. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Health and wellbeing

Regular outdoor exercise and contact with nature is good for us.

Heart shaped daisy chain. İSNH. For further information on reproduction rights contact SNH image library on 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Sustainable development

Biodiversity provides the basis for life and prosperity for the whole of mankind.

Callanish standing stones, Isle of Lewis. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Cultural heritage

Biodiversity is part of our traditions and culture and a source of pleasure and enjoyment.



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