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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05308: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what funding national nature reserves have received in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 13 December 2016

The ownership and management of Scotland's network of National Nature Reserves (NNRs) is shared between a range of public, third sector and private interests and there is no centrally-held record of funding.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is directly involved in the management of 30 of Scotland’s 41 NNRs. Of these, SNH is the sole manager of 24 NNRs and manages 6 in partnership with an None Governmental Organisations (NGO) and/or a public body or private landowner. NGOs and other public bodies manage 11 NNRs.

SNH does not hold information on its expenditure on NNRs but its overall land management expenditure (the majority of which is on NNRs) is provided in the following table.

2013-14

(actual)

2014-15

(actual)

2015-16

(actual)

2016-17 (allocation)

£2,160,620

£1,575,491

£1,556,568

£1,379,236

Approved funding for NNRs from Forestry Commission Scotland forestry grants in each of the last five years is provided in the following table.

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

£92,000

nil

£426,000

£439,000

£40,000