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MSP celebrates Highland nature projects fighting climate change


By Tom Ramage

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Highlands & Islands MSP Ariane Burgess has praised nature restoration projects in Badenoch and Strathspey, Invergordon, and Glencoe.

The Green MSP highlighted how the projects are key to rebuilding Scotland’s nature, which in turn can slow or even reverse climate change.

Ariane Burgess MSP (right) visiting Trees for Life at Affric Highlands, a previous Nature Restoration Fund winner. Now the emphasis is on restoring five of the strath's feistiest species.
Ariane Burgess MSP (right) visiting Trees for Life at Affric Highlands, a previous Nature Restoration Fund winner. Now the emphasis is on restoring five of the strath's feistiest species.

In Badenoch and Strathspey the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will work to restore “Five Feisty Species” of threatened invertebrates, including the dark bordered beauty moth and the small scabious mining bee.

Scotsburn Farms in Invergordon will plant aspen trees to provide more habitat for endangered capercaillie.

The Glencoe Habitat Recovery Project will restore woodlands, wetland and peatland in Glencoe National Nature Reserve.

All three projects are supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund.

Speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Burgess said: “A great deal of the work on the ground, to meet our climate targets, will take place in the Highlands and Islands.

The Highlands has the land and the nature that is pivotal in this national effort. So we need to welcome and accommodate more people in the region, to deliver more and more projects like these.

That’s why affordable rural housing is crucial. We need housing for workers, and long-term homes to support stable, growing communities.”


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