From the John O Groats Journal & Caithness Courier – it is encouraging to see that the Biodiversity Action Plan for the next 5 years has ambitious plans to help the Highland rivers through native riparian tree planting work.

The launch yesterday (Tuesday, June 15) of Highland Nature, the biodiversity action plan for 2021 to 2026 highlights some of the positive steps taken in Caithness.

Creating the plan has been coordinated by the Highland Environment Forum and funded by NatureScot and Highland Council, but the actions for nature will be carried out by the 43 partners who represent land managers, local conservation groups, nature conservation membership organisations and government agencies.

Caroline Vawdrey of the Highland Environment Forum said: “2021 is a year of international significance for making agreements to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, with the UN Biodiversity Conference being held in Kunming in China in October, and the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in November.

“It is remarkable that forty-three partners have come together to share their ambitions for Highland biodiversity. We also know that this is just some of the work being undertaken in the region, and that there are many other people undertaking positive actions for nature. We’d love them to be involved.”