The natural landscape surroundings of our golf courses are what make the golfing experience in Scotland so special. From coastal links and parkland courses, woodland and heathland, wetland and dune habitats, our golf courses support many habitats and species and protect Scotland’s natural heritage.

It is important that our golf courses integrate well with the surrounding landscape character and work with the topography and vegetation to ensure the views, vistas and quality of the playing experience are maximised. There are numerous ways a club can protect and enhance their natural habitats and contribute to wildlife conservation.

Best Practice Guidance

> Natural Designations and Protected Areas

> Local Biodiversity Action Plan partnerships

> Habitat and Species Survey Guidelines

> Woodland Management and Tree Planting

> Grassland Management

> Heather Management

> Gorse and Broom Management

> Scrub Management Handbook (Natural England)

> Hedge Management

> Ditch Management

> Pond and Wetland Creation and Management

> Watercourse Erosion and Bank Stabilisation

> Bracken Management

> Drystone wall restoration

> Coastal Erosion Guidelines

> Microhabitats, bird and bat boxes

> Birds and Golf Courses: A guide to Habitat Management (The R&A)

> Swift Conservation

> Badgers on Golf Courses

> Red Squirrel Management

> Hedgehogs on Golf Courses

> Butterfly habitat creation

> Attracting wildlife to your clubhouse

> Invasive Species Scotland

> Japanese Knotweed

> Giant Hogweed

> Ragwort Control

> Rhododendron Management

> Biological hazards on the golf course

> SNH Wildlife Crime Guidance

> Report a Wildlife Crime – PAW Scotland

Nature Case Studies

> Pond Creation – Auchterarder GC

> Sea Pea Protection – Carnoustie Golf Links

> Pond Management and Biological Reporting – Niddry Castle GC 

> Hedge Planting – Peebles GC

> Coastal Erosion and Dune Repair – St Andrews Links Trust

> Woodland Management for Red Squirrels – Downfield GC

> Orchid Conservation – Callander GC

> Grassland Management with Yellow Rattle for Wildflowers – Kingarrock GC

> Sustainable Drainage and Pond Creation – Melrose GC

> Sustainable Drainage and Pond Creation – Haddington GC


> Scottish Golf’s Contribution to the 2020 Challenge for Biodiversity

> Ryder Cup Green Drive Legacy – Sustainable Golf

Key Organisations

> Scottish Natural Heritage

> Biodiversity Scotland

> Scottish Wildlife Trust

> Historic Scotland

> Greenspace Scotland

> RSPB Scotland

> Forestry Commission Scotland

> The Woodland Trust

> National Coastal Change Assessment project



For more guidance contact our Environment Manager, Carolyn Hedley


T: 07921 606560