• Scotland’s nature and landscapes are among our greatest assets. Nature gives us food and drinking water, energy and timber. It contributes to a clean and healthy environment. And it improves our well-being and quality of life.

    Yet the overuse of natural resources since the 1950s – especially for certain types of farming, forestry and fisheries – has resulted in less space for nature and its associated benefits.

    NatureScot is the lead public body responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to the natural heritage.

    Our purpose is to:

    • promote, care for and improve our natural heritage
    • help people to enjoy nature responsibly
    • enable greater understanding and awareness of nature
    • promote the sustainable use of Scotland’s natural heritage

    We also advise local authorities and work with the Scottish Parliament and public, private and voluntary organisations towards shared aims. Working efficiently like this is part of our commitment to delivering a high-quality public service.