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Lottery Investment to Help Save Scotland’s Most Vulnerable Species

The National Lottery Heritage Fund have donated £4.2 million to NatureScot in relation to threatened species in Scotland.

 The funding will support urgent action to save 37 of Scotland’s most vulnerable coastal and island species, including Great Yellow Bumblebee, Scottish Primrose, and the Little Tern.

Of the 37 species targeted by the project, 19 are threatened by land use change, eight from climate change and the remainder through a combination of influences such as pollution, invasive non-native species, and exploitation.

Chief Executive of NatureScot, Francesca Osowska said:” Scotland’s biodiversity is in decline and, combined with the climate emergency, some of our most vulnerable species are now on the brink of extinction.

“Their survival isn’t just important for conservation. Biodiversity loss is a global threat to human wellbeing so it’s vital we take action to halt this decline now.”

NatureScot will receive £4,232,000 award for its ground-breaking Species on the Edge partnership project with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife Scotland and RSPB Scotland.

Francesca Osowka added:” This funding will support our work to boost Scotland’s species recovery, combining knowledge, expertise, and resources to protect, restore and enhance Scotland’s nature for future generations.”

The project will last for four and a half years and will support seven project areas including Solway to Shetland and from the East Coast to the Outer Hebrides and will dive into Scotland’s most geographically remote and diverse communities.

The partnership will draw on their expert scientific knowledge, local networks and unparalleled experience to create opportunities for people and communities to get more involved in protecting local wildlife

Caroline Clark, Scotland Director, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “I am delighted that thanks to National Lottery Players we are able fund Species on the Edge.

“NatureScot and their partners bring huge amounts of expertise, experience, and enthusiasm to this ambitious project to safeguard and encourage some of our most vulnerable coastal inhabitants.”

In addition to the £4.2m The National Lottery Heritage Fund award announced today, Species on the Edge is receiving £500k from the Scottish Government, £133,136 from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, £120,000 from the Dulverton Trust and £30,000 from the Banister Trust.

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