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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03635: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what criteria are used in determining suitability for national nature reserve designation.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 November 2016

In summary, to be considered for the National Nature Reserve accolade a site will:

1. Be nationally important for one or preferably a range of natural features.

2. Be very well managed to ensure the continuity and, where necessary, the enhancement of these features in the long term.

3. Be suitable for presentation or demonstration of these features in an appropriate way to the public.

4. Be likely to inspire people to value and enjoy Scotland’s natural environment.

Criteria for the selection of National Nature Reserves are published and available via the following web link: