Environment Advisory Group
The Environment Advisory Group is a volunteer group which meets bi monthly in order to:
- advise SCT on environmental impacts of the Trust's activities,
- promote environmental awareness in the local community,
- organise environmental events.
The group also encompasses around 30 people in the local community who regularly attend the organised events. The chair of the Environment Advisory Group is a Trustee of SCT and sits on the Board.
AIMS OF THE GROUP:
1. WORKING TO RETAIN AND ENHANCE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS
- Annual Beach Cleans, often in conjunction with other local organisations e.g. assisting Bun-sgoil Shleite Primary School.
- Beaches cleaned: Camus an Darach, Point of Sleat, Knock Bay (with Skye Ranger Service)
2. PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL INPUT TO SCT PROJECTS
Regular liaison with Tormore Community Forest manager over input of wildlife management advice.
- Active involvement with management of Tormore eg Community tree planting day, removal of unwanted conifer seedlings.
- Field surveys to identify locations on the ground to increase management for biodiversity in future
- e.g. mitigation measures for new extraction tracks particularly where crossing burns,
- expansion zones for burnside native woodland remnants and habitat connectivity between burnside corridors.
- extent and condition of peatlands and moorland,
- enhancing habitat diversity in old standing and fallen wood.
- Initial environmental survey for potential wind turbine site
3.TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO NEW INITIATIVES
- Providing input to development of new village at Kilbeg.
4. BEING POSITIVE AND PROACTIVE IN LOCAL COMMUNITY
- Winter evening talks on local biodiversity eg Birds, Moths, Plants, Marine Life, and Mammals and wildlife on crofting land in Sleat.
- Holding workshops e.g. making bat boxes, native tree growing, training in use of bat detectors and survey work.
- Organising workshops, surveys and field visits for Aspen propagation project for Tormore Forest in association with other Scottish charitable organisations promoting native Aspen, such as Eadha & Coille Alba.
- Conducting surveys of general distribution of Pipistrelle bats and abundance in old steadings
- Assisting Skye Rangers with bat and moth evening.
5. INVOLVEMENT IN SKYE-WIDE BIODIVERSITY PROJECTS
- Active participation by group members in Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum including involvement with projects of SLEF Biodiversity Outreach Officer
Help survey bumblebees near you http://bumblebeeconservation.org/get-involved/surveys/beewatch/
For more information http://bumblebeeconservation.org/
link to the BBCT's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bumblebee-Conservation-Trust/184323594931922