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What is Natural Heritage?

Natural heritage includes wildlife, habitats, landscapes, coatal areas and natural beauty. The natural heritage of Scotland is unique and holds intrinsic value. It helps shape our economic, social and cultural activities.

Natural Heritage Management - Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is a non-departmental Public Body (NDPB) established in 1992 under the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991. SNH is the Government's adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland and has Board members appointed by Scottish Ministers. Its mission is to help everyone understand, value and enjoy Scotland's nature now and in the future.

The SNH Headquarters is based in Great Glen House in Inverness with over 40 local offices across Scotland. Much of their work is carried out in partnership with others including local authorities, Government bodies, community groups, farmers and land managers.

Caring for Nature

SNH programmes and priorities have a strong focus on helping to deliver the Scottish Government's National Outcomes and Targets which comprise the National Performance Framework. SNH lead on three of the National Performance Indicators:

SNH receives annual funding from the Government in the form of Grant in Aid to deliver Government priorities for natural heritage. SNH also helps the Scottish Government meet its responsibilities under European Environmental Laws, particularly in relation to the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives.