Date lodged: 18 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) regarding securing additional funding for national nature reserves, and whether funding and staffing for SNH-managed reserves will increase or decrease in the next two years.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 May 2018
Scottish Government officials discuss priority areas of work, including those identified in the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Corporate Plan 2018-2022 Connecting People and Nature , with SNH on an ongoing basis.
SNH decides, through its annual business planning round, how and to what extent it will use its National Nature Reserves to achieve its outcomes. SNH’s intentions for 2018-2019 are set out in its latest Business Plan, Making Connections: Year 1 . This indicates that SNH plans to reduce staff resources for nature reserves by approximately 6 full time equivalent staff this year. Resource allocations for subsequent years will appear in future annual Business Plans.