Perth and Kinross- Environment and Public Space

Key Facts

  • Perth and Kinross is the only local authority in Scotland to sit within the boundaries of both of Scotland’s National Parks
  • There are 4 flood protection plans in Perth and Kinross.
  • The percentage of people who are satisfied/fairly satisfied with their nearest greenspace is 84% (76% for Scotland).
  • Over 55% of our household waste is recycled, over 10% higher than the national average
  • There are 48 local community In Bloom groups in Perth and Kinross.
  • Two thirds of people live outside the City of Perth and the rural nature of our area presents challenges for accessible and affordable transport.

National Nature Reserves

  • Loch Leven National Nature Reserve This NNR boasts a rich history and diversity of wildlife and habitats, from wet grasslands to reed beds. Loch Leven is home to one of the largest breeding duck populations in Europe, as the great expanse of open water provides enough resources for countless birds. There is always something to see, whether it’s the wintering wildfowl or osprey fishing during the summer.
  • Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve  Found just to the north of Loch Tay, Ben Lawers is famed for its huge diversity in plant life. The rare mix of lime-rich underlying rocks, range of altitudes, and climate has resulted in everything from the abundant vegetation of the lower slopes, to the small arctic-alpine plants that strain for survival near the mountain tops. If you manage to reach the top of Scotland’s tenth highest Munro on a clear day, you will be met with incredible views.

Local Nature Reserves

  • The Inner Tay Estuary Local Nature Reserve  The inner estuary of the River Tay contains the most extensive continuous reed beds in Britain. The LNR contains many diverse habitats including mudflats, beaches and dunes which support a variety of wildlife. The Tay estuary holds populations of birds that have been recognised as having both national and international importance.

Other protected areas

There are lots of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Perth and Kinross and many of these are accessible to visitors. A SSSI may be designated for a number of reasons from botanical interest (plants) to geological interest (rocks).

Some of the other designations in Perth and Kinross include, Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Specially Protected Areas (SPAs). The River Tay is an example of a SAC – it is protected because of the variety and number of birds that use it, as well as some of the special animals that live in it, including the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.

There are other places you can visit to get up close to wildlife

The Loch of the LowesOpens new window Visitor Centre, run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) has a viewing area, bird hide and a live nest camera to give you spectacular views of some of the wildlife that visits the loch – including the magnificent Ospreys.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has a visitor centre and reserve at Loch LevenOpens new window (Opens a new window). This includes a small area of the National Nature Reserve. As well as bird hides, there is an indoor viewing area where visitors can make use of telescopes and binoculars.

Parks, Sports Pitches & Countryside Sites

Community Greenspace manage 141 parks across Perth and Kinross. Perth and Kinross has 8 destination parks. Over 350 events were held in our parks during the last year and many groups make use of our green spaces weekly for activities such as walking, running and cycling. Community Greenspace  manage a large number of countryside sites such as include Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park and St Magdalene’s Hill and Buckie Braes and a number of path networks, Kinnoull Hill and Quarrymill are popular walks to the edge of the city. Community Greenspace manage some 200 miles of Rights of Way, sports pitches and fishing permits .  Community Greenspace also are involved in the design of the town centres and often use the Placecheck method of engagement to ensure the communities are involved in the process.

There are a number of volunteering opportunities in Perth and the wider region for people who want to help to improve the greenspace of the city and surrounding countryside. The Community Greenspace team actively engaging with communities, working with volunteers and generating support, interest and activity in Perth and Kinross’s greenspaces. You can follow their blog to find out more.

Community Greenspace manage the North Inch Golf Course in Perth.