Scotland reports mixed picture on 2020 biodiversity targets

Progress has been made in areas such as peatland restoration and marine conservation, but Scotland looks unlikely to meet targets for restoring woodland and raising natural capital investment

Storm petrels have returned to the Shiant islands. Photograph: John Platt/123RFScotland is on track to meet many of its 2020 biodiversity targets, but looks likely to miss critical goals in areas such as woodland restoration, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity set targets for improving biodiversity by 2020 and in 2013 the Scottish government published its biodiversity strategy which was followed by a route map in June 2015.

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