An event took place in Holyrood Park on Wednesday 25 May to launch the Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan (EBAP) for 2016-18.
Partner organisations gathered to hear speakers from hosts Historic Environment Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Water of Leith Conservation Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Despite a cold May wind, a group led by the Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Ranger Matt McCabe, we walked into Holyrood Park to see some of the biodiversity priority species and hear about the important work to protect them.
The new Plan contains over 250 actions and aims to further engage communities and organisations in biodiversity conservation work across the city. Long running valuable conservation and monitoring work on priority habitats and species will continue. New initiatives and projects will be developed, particularly:
- Landscape scale habitat projects;
- Promoting green infrastructure in the built environment to support placemaking, biodiversity and climate change adaptation;
- Citizen science projects linked to pollinator conservation, park naturalisation and Edinburgh Living Landscape; and
- Research programmes with academic institutions.
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