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Content Related Links
- Local Nature Conservation Sites
- Nature Conservation Strategy 2010-2015
- NCS Environmental Report
- NCS Implementation Plan
- Aberdeen Heritage Trails
- Aberdeen in Bloom
- Animal Welfare Policy
- Coastal and Marine Environment
- Core Paths Plan
- Country Parks/Countryside Ranger Service
- Cycling in Aberdeen
- Green Space Network
- Local Transport Strategy
- Open Space Strategy and Audit
- Outdoor Access
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Planning and Sustainable Development
- Torry Heritage Trails
- WalkIt Aberdeen
- Your Environment
- Aberdeen Greenspace Trust
- Dee Catchment Partnership
- East Grampian Coastal Partnership
- Greenspace Scotland
- Historic Scotland
- North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC)
- North East Scotland Local Biodiversity Action Plan
- Scotland’s Environmental and Rural Services
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- Scottish Government - Countryside, National Parks and Natural Heritage
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Aberdeen Citys natural heritage is diverse. It provides us with the natural resources we depend on such as for food, energy and tourism. It also benefits our health and wellbeing; our overall quality of life. We, therefore, need to conserve our natural heritage so that we can continue to enjoy it and benefit from it.
The Council's current Nature Conservation Strategy has been updated to reflect the increased recognition of the need to conserve nature, plus, changes in local policies and nature conservation legislation. It has also been updated to consider current pressures and challenges such as the increasing need for land for housing and businesses, plus the effects of climate change.
The updated strategy has been developed for the use of the Council in delivering all its functions. It has been developed for the Council to help conserve our natural heritage for the benefit of biodiversity, the citizens of Aberdeen and visitors to the City. It also enables the Council to encourage opportunities for the public to get involved in helping to conserve nature in their own gardens and communities.
Sustainable development is at the heart of the strategy. This means that as well as the natural environment, social and economic aspects have been considered during its development. The strategy aims to balance nature conservation with competing demands. Overall, the aim is to conserve our natural heritage for our current and future generations.
The adopted 'Aberdeen City Council Nature Conservation Strategy 2010-2015' is now available to download.
The Implementation Plan and the Environmental Report which accompanies the strategy are also available to download.
Please also check out our new links below for current events and activities which are related to nature conservation in this area.
Aberdeen City Council launched a project to scope out environmental improvements at the East Tullos Burn in Torry. The aim of the study was to establish the best way to transform the burn into a natural water feature that helps to improve the quality of the water, provide a haven for wildlife, plus, become an attractive place for local communities and visitors.
This study was completed in January 2013 and the works to restore the burn has now been planned for March 2014. To see the design and any updates on the project, please go to the East Tullos Burn Environment Improvements Project page.
Events and Activities
The Countryside Ranger Service has launched their latest calendar of events for the winter season. In addition to the usual events celebrating the best of Aberdeen City such as bird watching at Lochinch Farm and learning the history of Scotstown Moor, other events include a Christmas wreath workshop and volunteer opportunities to help improve nature. Using routes from the Health Walk Map Packs, a number of low level Health Walks led by Countryside Ranger Ruth Bone are also planned to encourage people to increase their physical activity.
For full details of all events plus contact numbers for booking, see the leaflet. Other details about the Countryside Ranger Service can be found by clicking here.
Designated Sites in Aberdeen City
There are 4 different types of designated sites for natural heritage in the City of Aberdeen. These are Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserve and Local Nature Conservation Site.
Special Area of Conservation
This is a statutory designation as per the EC Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). Member states are required to introduce robust protection for habitats and species of European importance. This includes a national list of sites for evaluation to form a European Network of Sites of Community Importance, which are designated by member states as Special Areas of Conservation(SAC). The River Dee is the only SAC in the City of Aberdeen as it supports internationally important freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon and otter.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
These designations are statutory as per the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. There are 4 SSSIs in the City of Aberdeen to be found at Nigg Bay (geological interest), Cove Bay (geological and biodiversity interest), Scotstown Moor (biodiversity interest) and Corby Loch (biodiversity interest).
Local Nature Reserve
A statutory designation declared by Local Authorities as per the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. With assistance from Scottish Natural Heritage, designation is awarded for the protection of sites of local importance for nature conservation, education and amenity. Managing Rules or bye-laws set up by Local Authorities can be used to control damaging activities. The 4 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are found at Den of Maidencraig, Donmouth, Scotstown Moor and Tullos Hill.
Local Nature Conservation Site
This is a non-statutory local designation identified by Local Authorities as per the Scottish Government's Scottish Planning Policy. Protection is afforded through the Council's Local Development Plan. These sites are of local importance for nature conservation and there are 45 of them within the City of Aberdeen. These can be viewed individually by clicking on the links in the table below.
A booklet providing further details on each of these LNCSs can be viewed here.
Local Nature Conservation Site booklet
please note this is a large file and may take some time to open.
All designations can be viewed using the In My Area feature of our GIS Mapping service
- Anne-Marie Gauld,
Planning and Sustainable Development
Enterprise, Planning & Infrastructure
Business Hub 4
Ground Floor North
Phone: 01224 522768
Fax: 01224 523180