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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 connecting people with the environment and managing biodiversity in the wider environment all around us, not just in specific protected sites.

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 biodiversity duty.  For public bodies already established on that date, the first reports are due to be prepared and published by 01 January 2015.  For bodies established after 01 January 2012, reports are due within three years of the date of their establishment.

For further information on producing reports see the Results section.

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


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

Planning for action

Getting started and making plans for biodiversity action in your organisation.

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. ŠLorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Librar

Go out and do it!

Practical information on things you can do for biodiversity and how to go about it.

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