Go into any school and the children will tell you what biodiversity is; call into your local garden centre and you will find the word synonymous with wildlife-friendly plants. Businesses use the term in management planning.  Hospitals and care homes know that by improving biodiversity in their grounds they are enhancing patients' or residents' well-being. You will even see the word in newspapers or by watching a gardening or natural history programme on TV.

Biodiversity simply signifies the variety of life on earth in all its shapes and sizes – from insects and fungi to the largest mammal or tree, plus the habitat or ecosystem needed to sustain it all. Tayside has a very rich biodiversity resource: 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 vital 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. 

We are also in the process of preparing a 2nd Edition Biodiversity Action Plan and details will appear here in the autumn.  Biodiversity concerns everyone. We need to safeguard our local and global biodiversity not just for ourselves and future generations, but also for the other species we share the planet with: after all, the Earth is the only home we have!

Angus Council
Perth and Kinross Council
A warm welcome to our new Chair: Andrew Barbour
Past Chair, Dennis Dick, MBE, now TBP Biodiversity Adviser
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. - www.2020v.org.
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
Good Planning Practice Guide - 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 ...
Scottish Invertebrate Habitat Management Advice Documents:
Cereal field margins Blanket bog
Coastal vegetated shingle Lowland raised bog
      Click Here
47 Scottish Species Dossiers - WEB PAGE
Highland Perthshire Calcareous Grassland Best Practice - PDF
Communication & Education ...
Biodiversity Begins with a B. - video
Tayside Teachers' Biodiversity Guide - publication due 2014
VINE Seeds guided reflections - Click Here
Tayside Biodiversity Site Search
What Are We Doing In Tayside? ...
Many projects to get involved with - Click Here
Swifts Need Our Help
How to tell the difference between swifts, swallows, sand martins and house martins - BTO Video

Click here for more information on Swifts
  Kirriemuir Town Centre Swift Project: free nestboxes available - Click Here
  Swifts Online Survey - Click Here

Report on Stanley Swift Project, October 2014 - Click Here

  Tayside Swift Intest Group - Meeting Notes Oct 2014
What's on ...
  27 May "Living with Swifts" - free talk, Kirriemuir. Book viadmuir@taysideswifts.co.uk - Details - More Details
  The Necessary Beaver: the Scottish Beaver Conference: 28th March 2015, Hilton Dunkeld - contact joudney@yahoo.co.uk
  Great Crested Newt ID Evening - 14th April 2015 - Click Here
  Tayside & Fife Coppice Conference - tbc: Autumn/Winter 2015 - contact caglloyd@pkc.gov.uk

TayARG Programme of Events
Click Here

Angus Ranger Service Events 2014-15
Click Here
Newsletters ...
Newsletter Newsletters - Click here
Newsletter Archive - Click Here
TayARG (Tayside Amphibian and Reptile Group)
Pooling Ponds

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

Amphibians in Drains Project - Blairgowrie pilot project Report 2010 Report 2011 Report 2012 Report 2014
  TayARG 2015 Events - Click Here
  Further Information
How Can I Help?
Can you help us survey birds, bees and red squirrels. Click Here
Join us on the Tayside Wildlife Recorders Facebook page - Here

May to July 2014: we need help surveying Kidney Vetch and Small Blue Butterflies! Training Day plans tbc
Information and maps -
click here
toad We need help with simple surveys, Gullypot checks, Toads on Roads, etc Click for Survey Form
East Coast of Scotland Sea Eagles
Sea Eagles in East Scotland leaflet - Click Here
Tayside Red Squirrel Project
Tayside Geodiversity
Photograph taken by Michael Browne - Lower Devonian fossil fish
Tayside Geodiversity
A voluntary group making Tayside's geology and landscape better known.

Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens
Perth and Kinross Tree Wardens website - Click Here
Information about Ash Dieback -
Click Here
Dragonfly Events

British Dragonfly Society events in Tayside 2014 - Click Here

Tayside Biodiversity on Facebook