£150,000 to Angus Biodiversity Plans

Published on Friday 6 January 2023

Angus Council’s efforts to give nature space to breathe have received a £150,000 boost from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund.

The financial award will help to deliver projects that are designed to support the restoration of nature, safeguard wildlife and tackle causes of biodiversity loss, notably the loss of natural habitat and climate change.

Our Environment spokesperson, Cllr Serena Cowdy said: “This funding will be of great assistance as we seek to deliver on the Nature Restoration Fund’s priorities of making space for nature and helping nature to recover.

“By applying the nature-based solutions of mitigation and adaptation, we can play our part in tackling the climate emergency.”

The Council’s journey to net-zero by 2045 focuses on key themes including nature-based solutions, and working with businesses, land managers and communities to secure nature rich, resilient places.

A number of projects in Angus have been identified for the Nature Restoration funding, and allocation of these funds was approved at Communities Committee (Report No.385/22).

These include Space for Nature programmes of continued urban tree planting and hedgerow creation across Angus; saltmarsh enhancement at Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve; habitat enhancement at Borrowfield Pond and Curlie Pond (Montrose); and the scoping study and design of naturalising urban watercourses.

We have a strong commitment, through the Tayside Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-26 which sets out 140 projects, to protect the multitude of flora and fauna across the area. In addition to fulfilling requirements of the Nature Restoration Fund, these projects will also deliver Biodiversity Action Plan priorities.