Site Condition Monitoring
Site Condition Monitoring is Scottish Natural Heritage's programme for monitoring the condition of nature conservation features of special interest on designated sites in Scotland. These features of special interest are known as 'natural features' and may be habitats (eg. woodland, marine reef, freshwater loch), species populations (eg. otter, dotterel, marsh fritillary butterfly) or geological formations (eg. cave, fossil bed, volcanic exposures) .
The purpose of Site Condition Monitoring is to determine the condition of the designated natural feature within a site. This is to establish whether the natural feature is likely to maintain itself in the medium to longer term under the current management regime and wider environmental or other influences. There are in excess of 5000 individual natural features of special interest hosted on designated sites which are monitored on a rolling programme through Site Condition Monitoring.
Find out how we go about this challenging task
What makes the difference between favourable and unfavourable?
Factors which have the capacity to impact upon the feature condition
Interim site visits
Scottish Government targets for habitats and species in protected areas
SCM information is valuable in many ways
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