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Natural and historic environments

Preservation and enhancement of our distinctive landscape is important in maintaining community well being, biodiversity and supporting the local economy. View information on the state of our natural and cultural assets in this section.

Why is it important?

Approximately 36% of Perth and Kinross is designated under national or international legislation to protect the landscape habitats and species. The environment is an integral part of the quality of life enjoyed in Perth and Kinross and is of tremendous value in its own right. The Perth and Kinross environment is shaped by the relationship among natural and cultural assets and the biodiversity and economic uses these resources support.  Preservation and enhancement of our distinctive landscape is important in maintaining environmental, social and economic well being, providing health, recreation and employment benefits.  

How are we doing?

Mapping at a glance

View and interactive map that allows you to see, at a glance, information about the Perth and Kinross environment and community, including information on how clean our air is, what areas are susceptible to flooding and how many of us are able to easily catch a bus from our homes.  View the maps to:

  • see how our areas and local authority is performing against key indicators and national trends
  • look at trends over time
  • print or download graphs, tables and maps for your own use

Indicators at a glance 

Indicator measuresHow are we doing?Trend*
Land cover (PDF) [7MB] There is a clear distinction between scrub, heath and moorland in the upland area in the north west and agriculture in the lowland areas of the south east and river valleys.-
Landscape character assessment (PDF) [60KB] Key landscape character areas are mountains of the highlands and islands (43%), highland and island glens (23%), agricultural lowlands of the north east (10%) and lowland hills (8%) and upland igneous and volcanic hills (8%).-
Nationally designated areas (PDF) [1MB] 36% of Perth and Kinross is designated under national or international legislation to protect landscape, habitats and species.
Spectrum Bar - Good no Trend
Woodland area (PDF) [4MB] 17% of Perth and Kinross is forested.
Spectrum Bar - Good Improving
Open space area (PDF) [39KB] In 2008 there was 7365 hectares of urban open space in Perth and Kinross.
Spectrum Bar - Good no Trend
Vacant or derelict land area (PDF) [81KB] Perth and Kinross has 50 ha of vacant and derelict land.
Spectrum Bar - Good Improving
Wild land area (PDF) [8MB] A large proportion of Perth and Kinross (19%) is within the top fifth of overall relative wilderness values.-
Priority and protected species (PDF) [47KB] Recorded distributions in 1 km squares for BAP and nationally and or internationally notable species are 33% and 30 % respectively.
Spectrum Bar - Moderate no Trend
Priority habitats and habitat change (PDF) [19KB] 47% increase in the net coverage of BAP priority habitats from 1984 - 2007.
Spectrum Bar - Good Improving
Habitat connectivity (Forest Habitat Networks and SSSIs) (PDF) [2MB] Awaiting update.-
Terrestrial breeding bird abundance (PDF) [34KB] 34 terrestrial breeding bird species with an average of 5.5 birds per 1km square coverage.-
Biological or mixed Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSIs) condition (PDF) [136KB] 72% of Biological or Mixed SSSIs remain identified as being in favourable condition.
Spectrum Bar - Moderately Good Improving
Historic Environment features including conservation areas, listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments, historic gardens and designed landscapes, ancient and semi natural woodland (PDF) [3MB] 35 designated conservation areas,  748 Scheduled Monuments, 3132 listed buildings and 42 historic gardens and designed landscapes.  The Forestry Commission identified approximately 40,200ha of ancient and semi-natural woodland in 2010.
Spectrum Bar - Good Improving
Planning applications with potential to impact the historic environment (PDF) [76KB] 127 approved planning applications with the potential to impact the historic environment.
Spectrum Bar - Moderately Good Improving

*direction of trend is relative to known performance targets.

Last modified on 19 July 2018

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