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100% for Nature

How we’re working to transform reserves in Scotland.

The aim

The project will boost the condition of the most important sites for nature on 11 reserves, trialling innovative conservation techniques, to show how Scotland can meet its most ambitious biodiversity targets.  We want to demonstrate how best practice land management solutions can be replicated on areas with important habitats and species throughout Scotland

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Our projects

Find out more about the fantastic projects that we are working on across our Scotland reserves.

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Protected areas

Many species and habitats in Scotland are nationally and internationally important and safeguarded by protected areas.  These areas often require active management.

In Scotland, the effectiveness of protected areas is measured by looking at the condition of the special species, geology and habitats protected by the site. When they are doing well they are said to be in “favourable condition”. There has been progress in improving the condition of protected areas across Scotland, but more must be done to ensure that Scotland’s amazing nature sites are thriving.



The RSPB looks after many special places in Scotland.

100% for Nature aims to make sure those places are the best they can be for nature.

The European Commission is supporting a project that will see £2m invested in some of our most precious habitats.

Visit the RSPB Community 100% for Nature Blog to read more news stories from the project.

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"NatureScot is pleased to support this exciting project to improve the condition of protected areas on RSPB reserves. Protected areas play a critical role in safeguarding biodiversity. Ensuring that Scotland’s amazing nature sites are in the best possible condition will require collaboration and cooperation across government, landowners, businesses and NGOs. This project will make a great contribution to that effort."

Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive of NatureScot

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“Protected areas represent the very best of Scotland’s world-renowned wildlife and will play a vital role in the fight against the nature and climate emergency. At RSPB Scotland, we are determined to ensure that protected nature sites on our reserves are well managed so that the special wildlife there is thriving and celebrated. We hope this project can provide some good practice guidance for other landowners in Scotland looking to protect and restore important nature sites”.

Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland

Partners and funders

RSPB are able to deliver this project thanks to a generous grant from the LIFE programme of the European Union with additional support from NatureScot, Cairngorms Connect ELP, The Famous Grouse and many other funders and supporters.