d.Agency/agencies with management authority

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) maintain ultimate responsibility for the National Nature Reserve, but from May 2003 largely devolve this function to the owners, The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) as an Approved Body. SNH will approve the NTS Management Plan for the NNR and continue to monitor the NNR, retaining its statutory role regarding the SSSI, SPA, NSA, SAC and other designations. Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are also involved in the consents procedures under the SSSI/European Regulations and, together with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in planning consents under the NSA, etc. A sub-lease from SNH to the MoD ensured consultation and co-operation with, in the past the Royal Artillery, and then DERA who ran the Range, and now the various contractors (currently the independent company QinetiQ). In return the staff at the Base fulfil an informal monitoring presence on the island during the winter on behalf of SNH and NTS.

The imposing cliffs of Boreray

i. The National Trust for Scotland, Wemyss House, 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET, Scotland, United Kingdom
The National Trust for Scotland is an independent charity, established in 1931, the aims of which were defined in The National Trust for Scotland Order Confirmation Acts of Parliament in 1935 and subsequently, including ‘…promoting the permanent preservation for the benefit of the nation of lands and buildings in Scotland of historic or national interest or natural beauty…’

ii. Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH, Scotland, United Kingdom
Historic Scotland is the executive agency within The Scottish Executive responsible for administering the laws concerning the protection and management of the historic environment, including ancient monuments (buildings, ruins and archaeological sites). The legislation concerned for St Kilda is the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

iii. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, Western Isles HS1 2BW, Scotland, United Kingdom
Amongst its many other duties, Comhairle nan Eilean is responsible for Structure and Local planning, and for development control in the Western Isles. It also has powers under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

iv. Scottish Natural Heritage,12 Hope Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 2AS, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Natural Heritage is an agency with responsibility for administration of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is a statutory consultee with respect to developments within National Scenic Areas. It is the competent authority with respect to Special Areas of Conservation as explained in Scottish Office Circular No. 6/1995.