The word "biodiversity"* is now commonly used and widely understood. Go into any school and the children will tell you what biodiversity is. Watch any gardening programme or call into your local garden centre and you will find the word synonymous with wildlife-friendly plants and how you can make a difference to increasing the variety of species you share your garden with. Businesses use the term biodiversity in management planning; hospitals, sheltered housing and care homes know that by improving biodiversity in their grounds and buildings they are enhancing patients' or residents' well-being. Pick up a newspaper, magazine or watch a nature programme on TV and the word is regularly used.

Biodiversity simply signifies the variety of life on earth in all its shapes and sizes – from the smallest insect and fungus to the largest mammal or tree and the habitat or ecosystem needed to sustain it. Tayside has a very rich biodiversity resource that is vital to its economy: tourism relies on our beautiful landscape, insects pollinate our crops, community orchards and allotments, and the land provides raw materials for our food, drink, clothing, fuel, buildings and roads. It is essential for sustaining our natural ecosystems.

The Tayside Biodiversity Action Plan has two main aims:

• to co-ordinate existing actions, as well as initiating and co-ordinating new ones; and
• to conserve and enhance the region’s biodiversity, taking into account both local and national priorities.

This is not just the task of government - it concerns everyone. We need to consider new options on how to safeguard both our local and global biodiversity to ensure quality of life not just for ourselves and future generations, but also for the other species with which we share the planet. The earth is, after all, the only home we have and we are all responsible for our actions and the impacts we have on our local surroundings.

* the word "biodiversity" is a contraction of biological diversity and has been increasingly used since the late 1960s

Angus Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Congratulations to our Chair, Dennis Dick, who has received an MBE in the New Year Honours for 'Services to Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Sustainability in Scotland'.
In a nutshell, 2020VISION is a multimedia project that communicates the link between people's well being and the restoration of natural systems. Putting it another way, we're the PR agents for Bogs, Bees and Barn owls!
The TBP is an Endorsing Partner. -
2020VISION "Ecosystems Action" page
Gardening for Wildlife
Gardening for Wildlife
Creating Ponds for Wildlife
Wildlife Crime
Developers and Householders
A Guide to Incorporating Biodiversity into Development
Scottish Biodiversity List Revised List May 2011
2012 Tayside Swift Advice to Contractors and Developers
Best Practice Guide: Creating Green Roofs for Invertebrates
Barn Owls & Rural Planning Applications
Legislative Protection for Scotland's Amphibians & Reptiles
Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers
Biodiverse Buildings
Bat matters - where to get further advice
Tayside Bat Survey Requirements
Bats and Buildings
Codes of Practice for Developers for Key Natura Sites in Tayside:
Some of Scotland's rivers and lochs are particularly sensitive to impacts arising from new development. Scottish Natural Heritage has worked with SEPA, Perth & Kinross and Angus Councils to provide advice to developers to help consider the interests of some of our most important rivers and lochs in Tayside.
Development affecting the River Tay
Development affecting Loch Leven
Development affecting the River South Esk
Habitat Management ...
NEW! Scottish Invertebrate Habitat Management Advice Documents:
Cereal field margins  
Coastal vegetated shingle  
Blanket bog  
Lowland raised bog Click Here
47 Scottish Species Dossiers - WEB PAGE
Highland Perthshire Calcareous Grassland Best Practice
Communication & Education ...
Biodiversity Begins with a B. - video
Tayside Teachers' Biodiversity Guide - publication due 2014
VINE Seeds guided reflections - Click Here
Tayside Geodiversity
Photograph taken by Michael Browne - Lower Devonian fossil fish
Tayside Geodiversity
A voluntary group making Tayside's geology and landscape better known.

Enjoy a geodiversity walk in Tayside
Who's Who of Famous Local Geologists
Earth Heritage Newsletters - Current and Past
Scotland's Geodiversity Charter
The Partnership is a member of Scottish Geodiversity Forum
Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens
Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens website - Click Here

Information about Ash Dieback -
Click Here
Help us find the best bluebell woods in Perth & Kinross - Click Here
Bluebell Woods slideshow - Click Here
Dragonfly Events

British Dragonfly Society events in Tayside 2014 - Click Here

Tayside Biodiversity Site Search
Projects ...
ZoomIn2 ZOOMIn2 - take part in our timelapse photography project - Click Here
PDF Leaflet - Click Here
Muirton's Buzzing
Project poster - Click Here
Project info - Click Here
Tavelling Along The Tay ... biodiversity from the train!
Green Graveyard Initiative -
Green Graveyard leaflet
Historic Churchyards in East Perthshire - Leaflet
Tayside Swift Projects
How to tell the difference between swifts, swallows, sand martins and house martins - BTO Video

Click here for more information on Swifts
  Creating Swift Nest Places in Old and New Soffits - Click Here
  Installing Swift Nest boxes - Click Here
  Roof Repairs for Swifts - Click Here
  Swift Bricks - Click Here
  Thermal Insulation Issues for Birds & Bats - Click Here
  How to Use Swift Call CDs - Click Here
  Latest Swift Newsletter - Issue 02
  Tayside Projects: how you can help - Click Here
What's on ...
Hedge Laying Hedgelaying course - November 2014; date/venue tbc.  Contact for further details
  Help us Find Small Blue Butterflies - 1st June, Arbroath
Click Here for further details
  Join us on 1st June: we need help surveying Kidney Vetch and Small Blue Butterflies!
Information and maps -
click here
Wildlife in the rough Wildlife in the Rough - 5th November 2014 - enhancing golf course biodiversity.
Click Here for further details.
  Gardening in a Care Setting: date tbc - for further details Contact

New TayARG Programme of Events 2014 available soon - further details from

Angus Ranger Service Events 2014-15
Click Here
Scottish Badgers training days:
Contact for further information.
Pine Martens and Wildcats Course
For further information contact
Newsletters ...
From Summit to Sand Newsletter -
Autumn 2012
Swifts in Tayside Newsletter - Issue 02
UK Biodiversity News Issue 63
Scottish Biodiversity News Issue 49
More Newsletters - Click here
Newsletter Archive - Click Here
TayARG Tayside Amphibian & Reptile Group

TayARG membership is free! Contact -

arg uk Making the Adder Count in 2014
Recording Form - Click Here
Notes - Click Here
  New TayARG Programme of Events 2014 - Click Here
Pooling Ponds

Pooling our Ponds: Please take part
ID packs/pond dipping kits available to Tayside schools, 
community/youth/environmental groups: apply

  We need help with simple surveys, Gullypot checks, Toads on Roads, etc Click for Survey Form
Amphibians in Drains Project - Blairgowrie pilot project Report 2010 Report 2011 Report 2012
  Further Information
Tayside Wildlife Recorders Forum
Can you help us survey birds, bees and red squirrels. Click Here

Watch the Kindrogan Field Centre's camera trap videos - Click Here
Kindrogan Courses - Click Here
Tayside Recorders' Bulletin April 2014
Click Here
May to July 2014: we need help surveying Kidney Vetch and Small Blue Butterflies! Training Day plans tbc
Information and maps -
click here
People’s Trust for Endangered Species new campaign - Hedgehog Street
Sign up for your Hedgehog Pack here
New Lichen Species for Scotland
Click Here
Angus Cetacean Awareness Project
Submit your sightings of dolphins, porpoises, minke and killer whales seen off the Angus coast
East Coast of Scotland Sea Eagles
Sea Eagles in East Scotland leaflet - Click Here
Tayside Red Squirrel Project
Tayside Biodiversity on Facebook