Welcome to the South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership.

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The South Lanarkshire biodiversity partnership is a group of organisations who wish to further biodiversity in the area and work together to deliver the South Lanarkshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP). This website aims to provide all the information that you need to find out about the partnership, the members, and the action plan, as well as about biodiversity in general, events that you can get involved in, and guidance on how you can do your bit too.

The South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership was established in 1997 as one of four pilot areas for developing biodiversity planning in Scotland. Membership comprises of organisations with a shared interest in biodiversity. In its widest sense, the partnership includes all organisations operating in South Lanarkshire which have a biodiversity role or remit.

The partnership acts as a forum for the coordination of biodiversity conservation measures across South Lanarkshire. By working together, it is hoped that greater benefits can be derived than those delivered by any one organisation working in isolation. This is also in line with the ecosystem approach, currently supported by the international biodiversity community.

At present, the partnership has no formal membership or constitution, and any organisation, or individual, which contributes to the aims and objectives of the Biodiversity Strategy is automatically considered to be a partner. The partnership is serviced by the council’s Biodiversity Officer and has no budget of its own.

The partnership is coordinated by a steering group which provides guidance and support, in addition to setting the strategic direction for biodiversity work in South Lanarkshire. The partnership has a rotating Chair, with each Chair holding the post for a period of 12 months. The Steering Group meets every 6 months and current membership is:

Central Scotland Green Network Trust

Clyde River Foundation

Scottish Forestry

Hamilton Natural History Society

National Farmers Union Scotland

Applications to join the steering group will be considered on a case by case basis. Use the contact us page to get in touch.
In addition to the steering group, a number of sub-groups have been established to take forward action on specific issues and projects.

  • Peatland

  • Invasive species

  • Biodiversity communication