Working in partnership with Paul Johnson and Macaulay Scientific Consulting Ltd, we produced a monitoring protocol for assessing the impact of recreational activities on the designated habitats and species within and around the Loch Lomond islands.

 This work included

  • a full literature review of species and habitat sensitivity to disturbance;
  • baseline survey of habitat condition;
  • a survey of boat users on Loch Lomond;
  • development of a monitoring protocol and training manual;
  • on site training and support to the Loch Lomond Ranger Service;
  • development of field recording materials, including an integrated database for storage of data and analysis of results.
  • recommendations for long term monitoring of the islands

As a result of the work the National Park Authority was able to secure funding from Scottish Natural Heritage for increased presence on the islands of Loch Lomond and it formed the basis of further research into sustainable visitor management.