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Sustainable development route maps: Session 6

These route maps highlight the journey we are on across key areas of sustainable development within the Scottish Parliament.


Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth, including genetic variety within species, variety between species, and the variety of ecosystems – or natural communities – that make up the earth. Find out how we're supporting and enhancing biodiversity on the Parliamentary estate, how we can minimise our impact on biodiversity globally, and how we improve our community's knowledge of the local wildlife.

  • Completed
  • In progress
  • Not started yet
2021 2021
2022 2022
  • Wild meadow planting in Members’ Garden

    • This was completed in 2022 but due to the weather conditions (mixture of a cold/wet start to the year and dry summer) the grounds did not take to it well

  • Review of contracts and suppliers to establish impact on biodiversity of purchased good and services

    • Circular economy placement student employed through the Bright Green Business scheme began work on this. It was continued by the Sustainable Development Procurement Manager in 2023

  • Staff wildflower planting 

    • This was not carried out as it was highlighted that there would be little benefit to the grounds. Instead, we held a nature walk with Historic Environment Scotland to engage staff with biodiversity. Do Nation campaign was also successful in engaging staff with what they can do at home to encourage biodiversity 

2023 2023
  • Review of contracts and suppliers to establish biodiversity impact of purchased good and services – continued from 2022.  Completed by Bright Green Business Placement Intern who identified priority contracts to work with.

  • Survey of biodiversity in the Scottish Parliament grounds.  Due to weather patterns this survey was delayed to 2024.

  • Review and expand on the number of outdoor information boards in the landscaped areas. This project is being progressed and the aim is for it to be completed in early 2024. 

  • Review of bird and bat boxes in the landscaped area.  There are currently 4 bat boxes (2 at Dynamic Earth and 2 on each of the trees at Horse Wynd). The plan is to install a further two each in 2024

  • Carry out a bat survey around the Parliament grounds. Bat surveys are best carried out in the summer months and due to challenges finding a bat specialist to carry out the survey, this has been postponed to summer 2024.

  • Review and enhance the beekeeping contract.  The contract has been extended by a further year.

2024 2024
  • Invasive species and weed review

  • Landscaping management review

  • Staff native flower planting. Planned for spring.

2025 2025
  • Biannual survey of biodiversity in the Scottish Parliament grounds

  • Review 2021 Biodiversity Statement and update