Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
As an agency we are playing an important part in the government’s Greener Scotland strategic objective to improve Scotland’s natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it. In addition the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 states: “It is the duty of every public body and office-holder, in exercising any functions, to further the conservation of biodiversity so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of those functions.” In addition Historic Scotland must comply with European and UK wildlife legislation.
Historic Scotland manages over 340 properties throughout Scotland ranging in size from individual standing stones to Holyrood Park in the centre of Edinburgh. All these sites have some natural heritage interest, even if its just lichen on a stone.
Specific guidance is being prepared for each site to ensure that the biodiversity of the site is improved where possible, without harm to cultural significance.