Recent studies suggest the mountain hare has been in notable decline since the 1950s. In a bid to halt this, the Scottish Parliament has now passed a Bill to provide this iconic upland species with protected status, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Mountain hares are often found within upland locations, and this change in protection is likely to become a major consideration for any new developments, such as wind farms, located in Scottish upland areas. By designing habitat improvements that are bespoke and beneficial to the environment, future projects have the opportunity to incorporate important enhancement measures for protected and declining species such as mountain hare.
If you would like to discuss any implications for your projects from the changes in legislation, or how to design your site to integrate habitat management for protected species, please contact the Arcus Ecology Team.”