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Policy documents

From time to time we publish guidance on our approach towards aspects of nature and landscapes, on the way they are managed, or on how we prioritise our own activities. These documents cover a wide range of topics, some general, some specific. They form a foundation of much of our advice to others. They usually represent the product of careful review of the topic within Scottish Natural Heritage and in consultation with other interested parties.

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Despite our best endeavours, inevitably some aspects of such statements become out of date, even when their main conclusions remain valid. Each document is accorded a status of 'green' meaning the document is fully current, or 'amber' meaning that some of the background and contextual material is out of date, but the key conclusions of the document remain valid. Documents rated 'red', meaning that the key conclusions are no longer valid, have been withdrawn from our list of policy documents.