The second progress report on implementation of the Western Isles Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for the period 2007 to 2011 was published in March 2013.
The second progress report highlights the many achievements over the last 8 years in implementing the action plans. These include the management of land to the benefit of habitats and species through a number of schemes and initiatives e.g. SRDP – Rural Development Contracts (RDC) and Land Managers Options (LMO), arable stack scheme, RSPB corncrake schemes and the Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+ Project. However there have also been issues and constraints which have hindered implementation of actions and delivery of action plan targets such as lack of resources.
Efforts have been made to raise awareness of biodiversity and to encourage local involvement in the biodiversity process. Events and activities have been organised annually to coincide with Scottish Biodiversity Week. In addition the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity was celebrated at a selection of Gala Days, Games and Agricultural Shows across the islands. The summer programme of shows provided the opportunity for local groups to work in partnership to celebrate biodiversity.
As well as highlighting key achievements, the results of monitoring of the species and habitat action plan objectives and targets are summarised in the report.
The Western Isles LBAP Steering Group will be considering an approach for Biodiversity Action in the Western Isles after 2014 when Phase 1 of action plans is to be reviewed. We would welcome your views on how this approach can be achieved locally.
Progress Report 2004-2007
The first progress report on implementation of the Western Isles Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for the period 2004-2007 was published in February 2008. The progress report highlighted a number of key achievements from each of the species and habitat action plan and progress towards the generic actions such as awareness raising and education. In addition the results of monitoring of the species and habitat action plan objectives and targets were summarised.
Production of the report was grant aided by Scottish Natural Heritage.
For further information please contact the Environment Officer