As an evidence-based organisation, we rely on good quality data to inform how and where we work.

Our Knowledge and Evidence team works towards achieving two primary objectives:

  • Championing open data and making good use of information to measure our impacts and inform our choices.
  • Developing a suite of knowledge products to promote understanding of nature and improve decision-making.

This is done by promoting open data at local and national level through the Scottish Biological Information Forum, National Biodiversity Network and NBN Atlas Scotland.

We also support the Trust’s staff for better evidence gathering, information sharing and decision making. This includes providing support for reporting systems and data hubs for different projects and departments, data management, analysis and visualisation and providing support for evidence-based decision making and project evaluation for various projects including the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels and Living Landscape projects.

Get recording!

Not only is recording and reporting your own sightings a great way of improving your ID skills, it also helps us to build up a better picture of what’s on our reserves at different times of year.

Facts & figures

The Trust in a snapshot! Find out some fast facts and figures about our species, habitats, reserves and much more.

Our data

From species sightings to habitat surveys, collecting and using data helps us to make informed decisions about how we manage our reserves.

Mapping ecosystem services

The Wildlife Trusts have developed a GIS toolkit that helps you to identify and map the multiple benefits of the natural environment.

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