Plants, people and partners
What’s next for Plantlife Scotland?
October 27 2016 - 20:59
October 2016, we published our five year vision for Plantlife Scotland.
It runs from 2016 to 2021. Since Plantlife was founded in 1989, we’ve been actively working to conserve plants and fungi and the places where they grow in Scotland. And in that time, we’ve achieved some great things:
- In 1999, we acquired Munsary peatlands, Plantlife’s biggest reserve and part of the Caithness and Sutherlands peatlands, a candidate for World Heritage Site status.
- In 2007, we worked with partners to identify and publish a list of the very best places for plants across Scotland and the UK, as part of our Important Plant Area work. This met target 5 of the first Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (2010 – 2015) and we’re now working with partners to ensure these areas are under appropriate management to meet target five of the revised Global Strategy for Plant Conservation by 2020.
- We’ve completed seven species conservation projects successfully improving the future for species like pillwort, twinflower, lesser butterfly orchid and Irish lady’s tresses orchid. as well as improving the status and future for internationally important habitats including Celtic rainforests and species rich grasslands. From 2009, we’ve developed management guidance for 6 priority habitats in Scotland and from 2012, we’ve been providing sitebased advice in these habitats, working at more than 60 sites to date.
- We work with more than 200 volunteers who are out and about across Scotland monitoring common plants species through the National Plant Monitoring scheme and rare plants through Flora Guardians who complete just under 200 hours of survey work annually.
- We worked closely with 6 MSP species Champions in the last Parliament, who helped us promote the status and need for action for their species. In 2016, with the relaunch of the project following the election, we’re already working with 5 MSPs on species from Mountain everlasting to Wilson’s filmy fern and Scottish primrose.
Our 2016 – 2021 plan shows what we’re going to be doing next. Our priorities will be:
- To conserve and restore: we’ll be working with land managers to conserve native plants and their habitats.
- To develop and lead restoration programmes in key priority habitats including Caledonian pinewoods, Celtic rainforests and species rich grassland
- To build a body evidence: we’ll be providing even more opportunities for local communities and interested individuals to work with us to gather evidence that we can use in our policy work
- To campaign: we will continue to work with politicians to improve the visibility of plants and fungi in legislation to ensure that legislation works for plants and fungi and builds them a secure future.
We would love to work with more people from across Scotland. You can get involved by volunteering with us, working with us to tweak your land management to benefit plants and fungi or you can work with us in partnership projects. You can share knowledge with us by coming along to our demonstration events, joining our citizen scientists and supporting our campaigns. And you can support us by becoming a member, donating to support our projects or providing grants to support our work.