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Doing your biodiversity duty

A duty to further the conservation of biodiversity was placed on all public sector bodies in Scotland in 2004. This biodiversity duty is about taking care of nature all around us, not just in specific protected sites. The duty seeks to secure the public sector's commitment and good practice towards the environment so that this can inspire people across society to take active care of nature whilst carrying out their normal duties.

The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 external site  (commonly known as the WANE Act) came into force on 01 January 2012 and introduced a requirement for all public bodies to make publicly available a report on their compliance with the Biodiversity Duty.  

The next reports are due on 1st January 2018. For bodies established after 01 January 2012, reports are due within three years of the date of their establishment. For guidance on producing reports see the Results external site  section.

The first round of reporting was due on 1st January 2015. Following this, the Scottish Government commissioned a study external site  to evaluate the compliance and quality of this initial round of biodiversity duty reports.

It would be useful if reports, when published, could be copied to Scottish Government at:   

Find out more about how to report. external site

Tern-D3555.jpg (Sandwich Terns) birds (gateway) - Sandwich Terns (Sterna sandvicensis) nesting at Sands of Forvie NNR. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Libary on tel. 01738 444177 or

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Biodiversity-D4618.jpg (Schoolchildren and volunteers  planting wildflowers) (Gateway) - Schoolchildren and volunteers planting wildflowers at Carmunnock cemetery, Glasgow as part of biodiversity week 2008. Strathclyde and Ayrshire Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Librar

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