Modern Art Gallery, Edinburgh

Direct Ecology undertook ecology surveys within the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  The surveys were undertaken to provide baseline information for a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the site and included habitat and protected species surveys.

The site is of note for being partially within the boundary of the Water of Leith Local Nature Conservation Site.  The woodland in the south of the site therefore forms an important component of the riparian corridor of the Water of Leith within its urban setting.  In addition, it was noted that the management of the grounds is already aiming to maintain some areas with wildlife in mind.

A comprehensive BAP was produced for the site in 2021. The objectives of the BAP were:

  • To increase the ecological value of the habitats within the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • To improve ecological connectivity within and around the grounds
  • To identify opportunities to contribute to the Biodiversity Action Plans that have been produced for both national and local levels.
  • To engage with partner organisations and the local community, encourage and enhance the visitor experience of the grounds, and provide greater understanding of the site’s wildlife and habitats.
  • To contribute to the integrity of the adjacent Water of Leith LNCS.

A range of recommendations were provided to improve the site for wildlife. The aim was to recognise important factors that are pertinent to the site and its management processes, with particular considerations around culture, heritage, tourism, recreation and events. We look forward to seeing how the site develops to fulfil the range of needs of both people and wildlife.