An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March. Here is a selection:
Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management
Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.
Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland. (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.) Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.
Marine and Freshwater policy documents.
Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.
- Interim SA report.
- Pre-consultation draft.
- Scotland’s Marine Atlas: Information for The National Marine Plan – Scotland’s Marine Atlas is an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis and supported by expert judgement.
“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”
A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest. The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.
Offshore wind energy
This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond. It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.
Other relevant publications include:
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment Information Review
- Marine Scotland: Economic Assessment of Short Term Options for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Costs and Benefits to Other Marine Users and Interests.