Our Partnership

Following the recommendations in the report ‘Biodiversity: The UK Action Plan’, the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership was established with members drawn from local government, environmental organisations, wildlife charities and hosted by what is now the James Hutton Institute.

Taking Action for Biodiversity

By drawing its members from Local Government, Statutory Agencies and NGO’s, the Partnership is able to provide a wide-ranging knowledge base on a variety of issues, as well as creating ‘joined-up’ approaches to tackling threats to biodiversity, and facilitating conservation action for local biodiversity.

An early task of the Partnership was to produce our own Action Plan which outlined the habitats and species which needed the most urgent local action. Good plans are important, but they achieve nothing without action on the ground and over the intervening years, NESBiP has placed more of its efforts into delivering projects on the ground that make a difference for our biodiversity and equally importantly to people’s lives and wellbeing.

We have also learnt that working together is essential to make the best use of everyone’s limited resources and to get the best results.  And that it is just as important to work with others outside our partnership and to find ways of making progress, even with those we may not always agree with.

Meet the Partners

The follow partners generously provide the funds to run the partnership.

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeen City Council

Moray Council

James Hutton Institute

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Meet the Coordinator

The Partnership takes action to preserve, promote and improve biodiversity through a number of projects and events to raise awareness, and employs a full-time coordinator to help fulfil this role.

The current coordinator is Abbie Ferrar, a Marine Zoologist turned Environmental Educator:

“I love being able to share my passion and enthusiasm of nature and biodiversity with others. There is something about seeing someone going from “What’s the point, it’s just a bug.” to “How do I make my garden more biodiversity-friendly?” Nature is for everyone and I’m very excited to be here helping communities in North East Scotland to connect to it more.

I grew up in the East Midlands of England. A land lock city. Watching green spaces disappear to buildings. Being surrounded by disconnected children. Fighting relatives to change their attitudes towards wildlife and nature. I knew I needed to make a change and wasn’t sure how. I’m very excited to be here, working with and supporting communities to protect biodiversity in a ways I did not have as a teenager.” 

Abbie smiling with RSPB Bempton Cliffs in the background.
The sea has always made me happy - Abbie Ferrar

Groups within the Partnership

The Partnership currently has three active groups which meet throughout the year: a Steering group, a Management Group and an Awareness and Involvement Group.

The Partnership’s Steering Group is currently chaired by Roger Owen, formerly Head of Ecology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency but now chair of the Aberdeenshire group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

The Steering Group also involves members of the following organisations:

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Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeen City Council

Moray Council

James Hutton Institute

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RSPB

 

 

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Ewen Cameron

Independent Member at NESBiP