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Scotland is a country rich in wildlife, with a wide diversity for such a small area. This diversity of species is linked to our wide variety of habitats, ranging from Coastal Dune systems to Pit Bings, from Ancient Woodland to Freshwater Lochs, Ponds and Streams, from Heather Moorland to Raised Bog, and from Lowland Heath to Saltmarshes and Estuaries.

Golf courses occupy approximately 27,000 hectares of our urban and rural landscapes and are connected to many of these and other habitats. Over 33 courses have designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on them, demonstrating that golfing areas are often important for their wildlife and habitats. Many more are affected by other statutory and non statutory designations.

All golf courses have something to offer in terms of wildlife conservation. All courses have some wildlife. The amount of wildlife found on a course depends upon the locality of the course, its soils, topography, vegetation, climate and so on. However, golf courses can become more valuable for wildlife if they wish. There are many things any club can do to increase the amount and diversity of wildlife on their courses. Many cost little or nothing, and many can actually save the club money. Most relate to the creation and enhancement of habitats, on which the species depend.





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