Nature Conservation and Golf Course Development (SGEG 2004)

Nature, Landscape and Heritage Designations (SGEG 2010)

Natural Heritage Considerations for Planning Issues (SGEG 2010)

LBAP websites and contacts


Habitats and Species Survey Techniques (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Badger Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Bat Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Bird Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Great Crested Newt Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Otter Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Reptile Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Guidelines for Water Vole Surveys (SGEG 2010)

Nature Survey Calendar (SGEG 2010)

Habitat management

Tree Planting Guide (SGEG 2009)

Ponds Pools and Lochans (SEPA 2000)

Bracken Management (SGEG 2009)

Scrub Managment Handbook (Natural England 2003) 


Species Management

Badgers and Development (SNH 2001)

Badgers on Golf Courses (SGEG 2009)

Red Squirrel Management (SGEG 2009)

Red Squirrels in Perth & Kinross Posters

Hedgehogs on Golf Courses (SGEG 2011) 

Invasive species management

Invasive species legislation (Scottish Government)

Invasive species (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Invasive species further information (NGO)

Invasive plants (Plantlife) 

Making contracts work for wildlife (CABE 2006)

SNH Wildlife Crime Guidance

Report a Wildlife Crime - PAW Scotland

Supported by:
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Biodiversity Forum
• Scottish Wildlife Trust

Nature is measured in terms of biodiversity of wildlife and habitats. Biodiversity, which is short for biological diversity, is the term used to describe the variety of life on Earth. It is in our forests and mountains, our rivers and seas, our golf courses. Biodiversity is the natural capital which supports all our lives. It is vital for our survival and is a key measure of the health of our planet.

Scotland is a special place for biodiversity. Not only for the sheer number of species it supports, but also for its complex mosaic of habitats and scenery which makes up our rich and varied landscape.

Biodiversity provides us with a range of services including supporting leisure activities such as golf and tourism, providing food, building materials, resources for education, medicine and research and broader ecosystem services.

Scotland’s golf courses occupy approximately 27,000 hectares and many host nationally and internationally designated nature sites, proving golfing areas are often important for their wildlife and habitats.

All golf courses have something to offer in terms of biodiversity. There are numerous ways a club can enhance their natural habitats and contribute to wildlife conservation. Many of which incur very little or no financial cost and some can even save the club money in the long run.

“A golf course which has been sensitively designed and managed in a way which works with nature rather than against it, is normally more interesting and challenging.” “Golf is a test against the hazards that nature provided.” Colin Montgomerie

These pages contain downloadable information about the management of golf courses for the benefit of nature and biodiversity. Golf clubs that reach a high level in this area may be eligible for the Scottish Golf Environment Certificate for Nature.