Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what the proposed budget is for the next cycle of Scottish Natural Heritage site condition monitoring from March 2019.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 6 February 2019
A budget for the next cycle of Site Condition Monitoring has not yet been set by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) as during 2019-20 SNH will be developing a new approach to monitoring designated features in protected areas. Further details will be available in due course. In summary, it is intended to: better align the monitoring of protected areas with wider surveillance requirements to provide a more robust picture of the health of Scotland’s nature; prioritise monitoring effort based on risk to wildlife interests; and to utilise new technologies such as remote earth sensing and DNA analysis to give better coverage and to improve value for money.