Date lodged: 8 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how Scottish Natural Heritage ensures that sites that have been delisted as national nature reserves, but remain designated as sites of special scientific interest, special protected areas or special areas of conservation, have management measures in place to conserve their qualifying biodiversity interests.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 June 2018
Prior to approving the de-declaration of a National Nature Reserve (NNR) following a recommendation by Scotland’s NNR Partnership and the approval of the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), SNH requires the assurance of the relevant Director (and ultimately, SNH’s Chief Executive) that any necessary conservation measures are in place, or will replace those provided by NNR-related arrangements. In some cases, where an SNH NNR has been on land leased from another public body, that body assumes management responsibility under the requirements of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.