Scottish Natural Heritage

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Scottish Natural Heritage (Scottish Gaelic Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba) is a Scottish public body. It is responsible for Scotland's natural heritage, especially its natural, genetic and scenic diversity. It advises the Scottish Government and acts as a government agent in the delivery of conservation designations, i.e. National Nature Reserves, Local Nature Reserves, Long Distance Routes, National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas and the National Scenic Area.

SNH is also a member of SEARS (Scotland's Environmental and Rural Services).

SNH has around 800 staff with offices in most parts of Scotland including the main islands. Scottish Ministers decided to transfer SNH's headquarters from Edinburgh to Inverness in 2003/04, many staff left at this point as they did not wish to transfer location. The protected areas in Scotland account for 20% of the total area, SSSIs alone 13%.

On 1 August 2010, the functions of the Deer Commission for Scotland were transferred to SNH by section 1 of the Public Services (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2010 and the Commission was dissolved [1] [2].

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Accounts Commission for ScotlandBòrd na GàidhligCairngorms National Park AuthorityCrofters CommissionDeer Commission for ScotlandHer Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for ScotlandHighlands & Islands EnterpriseInspectorate of Prosecution in ScotlandLearning & Teaching ScotlandThe Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park AuthorityNational Galleries of ScotlandNational Library of ScotlandNational Museums of ScotlandParole Board for ScotlandPolice Complaints Commissioner for ScotlandQuality Meat ScotlandRisk Management AuthorityRoyal Botanic Garden EdinburghRoyal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandScottish Agricultural Wages BoardScottish Arts CouncilScottish Children's Reporter AdministrationScottish Commission for the Regulation of CareScottish Criminal Cases Review CommissionScottish EnterpriseScottish Environment Protection AgencyScottish Funding CouncilScottish Hospital Endowments Research TrustScottish Legal Aid BoardScottish Legal Complaints CommissionScottish Natural HeritageScottish Police Services AuthorityScottish Qualifications AuthorityScottish ScreenScottish Social Services CouncilsportscotlandSkills Development for ScotlandVisitScotlandWater Industry Commissioner for Scotland

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