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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.

Checking on Woodsia ferns. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

How is SCM carried out?

Find out how we go about this challenging task

Grey Seal. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Assessment of condition

What makes the difference between favourable and unfavourable?

Habitat monitoring, Willow. İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Pressures - impacts on feature condition

Factors which have the capacity to impact upon the feature condition

Divers recording in eelgrass Zostera marina bed.  İPaul Kay/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Site check

Interim site visits

Cliff in Back Bay  İHilary Hawker/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Favourable condition targets

Scottish Government targets for habitats and species in protected areas

surveying a quadrat.  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

How the results of SCM are used

SCM information is valuable in many ways



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