This habitat includes vegetation that relies on wet habitats to grow. The vegetation in this habitat is exceptionally diverse, supporting a range of other species and playing an important role in the landscape of Scotland’s uplands.
- Establish a National Nature Network to combat habitat fragmentation- this would improve interconnectivity between species, habitats and ecosystems. NTS research (2021) found 73% supported a link to the national network being created in their own area.
- Deliver a new Scotish Biodiversity Strategy with binding targets for nature recovery.
- Reverse cuts to funding for nature friendly farming and post-CAP, make support available for farmers through agri-environment schemes that reward restoration and protection of valuable habitats.
- Bring hill tracks within the planning system to improve siting, design and construction and reduce unintended environmental impacts.
- The 2021-2026 Parliament should introduceWork for strong deer management legislation which prioritises the conservation and recovery of habitats and species
- Habitat fragmentation- this strands species on disconnected islands, making them less resilient to pressures like climate change.
- Drainage and changes to hydrology, e.g. from wind farm access tracks and other hill tracks.
- Inappropriate afforestation at lower altitudes.
- Atmospheric nitrogen pollution.
- Overgrazing and trampling, although light grazing can be beneficial.