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Nature conservation in the Inner Hebrides

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 July 2012

A. J. Kerr
Nature Conservancy Council, 12 Hope Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 2AS
John Morton Boyd
Nature Conservancy Council, 12 Hope Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 2AS
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The methods of nature conservation applied within the Inner Hebrides are those which are now standard throughout Britain and are governed by legislation. The procedures for habitat or site protection and species protection are illustrated in the descriptions of the reserves, the Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the protected species within the archipelago. The reserves and sites cover interests in the geology, geomorphology, zoology, botany and ecology of the islands and the surrounding seabed. National Scenic Areas are also mentioned. Relationships between nature conservation and the uses of land and sea are discussed. With the exceptions of the commercial exploitation of the island pastures in sheep husbandry, with much uncontrolled burning, and the exploitation of fin fish and shell fish and consequent widespread depletion of stocks, the Inner Hebrides are comparatively undisturbed by modern industrial development.

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Copyright © Royal Society of Edinburgh 1983

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