Our vision

Why do we need a vision?

While there have been some notable successes in recent years, wildlife is still in decline. We must be more ambitious in the scale and scope of our conservation efforts, particularly in the light of rapid environmental and climatic change. A stable future for wildlife can only be achieved through greater involvement by the people of Scotland and through re-building biodiversity at an ecosystem scale.

What is the Scottish Wildlife Trust's vision?

We need a network of healthy, resilient ecosystems supporting expanding communities of native species across large areas of Scotland's land, water and seas. This can be achieved through:

  • Protecting valuable habitats from further loss
  • Restoring and enhancing degraded habitats
  • Promoting large-scale, wildlife-rich landscapes
  • Inspiring and engaging people in wildlife and conservation

You can find out what practical steps we are taking to realise this vision in our five year plan (2012 to 2017). Click here to download "Our nature, our future".

What are we calling for?

  • Government to provide financial support for landscape-scale action for wildlife
  • A real recognition of the economic and social value of the environment
  • Full delivery of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
  • A strategic approach to tackling the key threats to ecosystem health, particularly:
    • climate change
    • invasive non-native species
    • loss of valuable wildlife habitats to development
    • diffuse pollution
    • overgrazing by deer and sheep
    • highly fragmented habitats with unsustainable populations of species
    • inappropriate land management practices
    • mismanagement of marine resources
  • Farming, forestry and land management to adopt wildlife-friendly practices
  • Marine Protected Areas to protect and recover Scotland's marine environment
  • More quality places (both urban and rural) for people to experience wildlife
  • More initiatives to help people engage with their local environment
  • Development of, and improved access to, biodiversity data to enhance our understanding of wildlife communities at species, habitat and ecosystem scales

How will the Scottish Wildlife Trust contribute?

We realise that the Scottish Wildlife Trust has a vital role to play in achieving this vision. We will work ambitiously, confidently and innovatively at a local and national level to make it happen.

In the wider countryside we will:

  • Champion ecosystem-scale conservation on land and sea
  • Look to establish a network of Local Nature Conservation Sites across Scotland
  • Support a biodiversity-led approach to the design and management of urban areas
  • Provide practical help to others who want to manage land and seas for wildlife
  • Act directly to save threatened wildlife and wild places
  • Champion the implementation of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
  • Fight for the restoration, better protection and management of the marine environment

On our reserves we will:

  • Expertly manage our land for present and future generations
  • Safeguard and enhance the native habitats and species of Scotland

Through education and communications we will:

  • Promote the gathering and sharing of information on wildlife habitats and species
  • Encourage people to see, learn about and enjoy wildlife
  • Create opportunities for greater involvement in wildlife conservation

How can you contribute?

You don't need to be a wildlife expert to make a real difference to Scotland's wildlife. Whether it be volunteering, attending an event, becoming a member, or even making your garden more wildlife-friendly, find out how you can help here. Alternatively, you can find more information about our 25-year vision by downloading our Natural Connections document.

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