The Scottish Executive's bid to gain World Heritage Site status
for St Kilda's marine environment and cultural landscape is taking
shape. Conservation specialists from The National Trust for Scotland,
Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
are working together on the combined nomination document. This will
be submitted on 1 February 2003. Of the 730 World Heritage Sites
currently designated, only 23 (just over 3%) have double (cultural
and natural) status - and no other sites in Britain hold this honour.
If the St Kilda nomination is successful, it will join a select
St Kilda seabed
Draft Management Plan
Please Send Us Your Comments
Many thanks to everyone who sent in comments on the drafts of the
first parts of the Plan, sent out with the last newsletter. Your
comments have helped us to improve and revise the document. Over
the last few months, the organisations involved in preparing the
Plan have been developing objectives and prescriptions, which give
more detailed information about planned activities on St Kilda over
the next five years.
We would now welcome your comments on this and a full Consultation
Draft of the Management Plan is now available on-line. The draft
also includes a description of the site and information about its
For the next two months we will be seeking comments on this Consultation
Draft, before making further revisions at the end of the year so
that the final draft can be printed in time to be submitted with
the nomination in February 2003.
How To Reply
Please let us know what you think of the Plan. We would be interested
to hear if there are points which you particularly agree with, or
aspects which you do not support - and why. Is there anything you
think we have missed out?
The on-line Consultation Response
Form provides a quick way to respond, but letters and e-mails
are also welcome. Comments should reach us by Monday 11 November.
The address for comments is given on the form. Unfortunately, we
won't be able to acknowledge each individual comment, but we will
post updates on the website. Thank You!
Allan Wilson, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development,
visited St Kilda. Noticeably impressed by the splendour of Village
Bay, Mr. Wilson has given his full support to the bid. He was accompanied
on this visit by Mechtild Rossler, responsible for cultural landscapes
at the World Heritage Centre in Paris. She too, although remaining
independent, felt that the nomination had a good chance of success.