People walking on the woodland trail at Ariundle NNR, Ardnamurchan, West Highland Area ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Protected areas

Access and nature conservation

NatureScot and partners have developed Advice on Monitoring Access and Recreation at Sensitive Natural Heritage Sites, which is designed to help site managers plan and carry out monitoring of recreational activities at nature reserves and similar sites.

The National Access Forum has developed guidance on managing access with dogs in protected areas to safeguard breeding birds. The principles outlined in this guidance apply to a wide range of nature conservation situations.