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The north coast of Scotland makes for a spectacular office: vast, luminescent skies; rolling seas that change from steely grey to aquamarine with the passing clouds; towering sea cliffs, sand dunes and rocky coves; and, despite having the lowest population density in Scotland, a wonderful assortment of friendly and fascinating folk.

It is also home to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable species: Scottish Primrose, Oyster Plant, Purple Oxytropis, Great Yellow Bumblebee and Small Blue Butterfly.

As a community worker and anthropologist, Plantlife’s Louise Senior is thrilled to be spending the next four years here as part of the Species on the Edge team, working alongside local communities to excite and enthuse people about the natural beauty of the world that we share and taking action to help improve the outlook for these special plants and insects.

Species on the Edge is a partnership of eight of Scotland’s nature conservation organisations. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are working collaboratively to safeguard 37 priority species found along Scotland’s coast and islands.

A Purple Oxytropis within a rocky outcrop

From Durness to Dunnet

The Species on the Edge North Coast area extends from Durness to Dunnet and the work here is being led by Plantlife. As well as targeted conservation action which will include surveying, monitoring and habitat management and will be overseen by Sarah Bird, our Senior Project Officer, Louise Senior, the People Engagement Officer, is responsible for planning a programme of community work.

Combining creative arts, wellbeing and nature to support people to explore their natural environment in new ways will be fun and challenging in equal measure. In the pipeline already are a series of watercolour workshops, a summer holiday award programme for young people and a plan to use public venues to “host” homegrown Scottish Primrose, Oyster Plant and Purple Oxytropis, making these difficult to find plants accessible to everyone.

Species on the Edge is a partnership project of eight organisations, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The partnership consists of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, NatureScot, Plantlife, and RSPB Scotland.


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