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Greening is how we manage our Reserves to improve their sustainability and find 'carbon-positive' outcomes.

Greener Reserve management

This obviously depends on the type of Reserve and what kinds of management are appropriate, but can include:

  • Using resources more sustainably - eg ; timber; peat; biocides and fertilisers; biodegradable products; recycled and recyclable products; minimising spillages and wastes; reusing materials; etc.
  • Using materials to reduce CO2 emissions - eg installing Renewable Energy systems; minimising use of fossil fuel for transport and tools.
  • Biodiversity of land around Visitor Centres and Properties is managed to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Greening for visitors

 This depends on where the Reserve is and how close to roads, rail, paths etc, but we should always be able to help visitors get to and around our Reserves by sustainable ways:

  • Visitors can find out how to use public transport modes to get to the Reserve.
  • Visitors can find cycle and walking routes to get to the Reserve.
  • Signage to Reserve show directions and distances by foot or bike.

Storing carbon

Because they are usually managed mainly for nature and will be so for many years, many Reserves offer excellent opportunities to lock up Carbon, so preventing it adding to the CO2  in the atmosphere and making the effects of climate change worse.

Peatland soils (if kept wet), standing timber and ground leaf cover can all store very large amounts of carbon, so helping Scotland mitigate (reduce) the impacts of climate change. 

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