11 January, 2013
Hi, my name is Bob Tevendale, I’m the Natural Heritage Advisor at Historic Scotland.
My main responsibility is to advise and inform other staff on the importance of plants and animals in the sites we manage – both those responsible for the maintenance and work colleagues in cultural resources, education and interpretation. Anyway, follow the blog and you’ll find out exactly what we do.As this is the Year of Natural Scotland (2013) I thought it would be of interest to you to know the sort of things we do on a day to day basis to protect wildlife at our sites. Not only conserve it but where possible improve it.
Historic Scotland has 345 sites throughout Scotland in its care from individual standing stones to large properties like Holyrood Park in the centre of Edinburgh. Large or small they all have some associated wildlife.
Although winter is a time when much of the wildlife is dormant, there is still plenty going on. For example, many of our sites are associated with wintering wildfowl. Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Loch harbour birds in the winter and are recognised as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is a legal designation, regulated by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) which gives these sites special protection under the law and affects the way they are managed.
The blog will be posted weekly giving you a year round insight to our work, starting with Blackness Castle, which borders the Firth of Forth SSSI.