Conservation and Environmental Projects

Conservation Areas

View maps of the conservation areas in the Moray area.

Interactive mapping with conservation areas

Conservation Area Review Consultation - Consultation: 1 November 2023 to 19 January 2024

Replacement Windows & Door Guidance - Planning advice for anyone considering repair or replacement works to historic buildings within Moray.

Windows Grant Scheme Fund


For more information on trees and to see Tree Preservation Order (TPO) maps, click here

Moray Food Growing Strategy

Find the Moray Food Growing Strategy  here

Moray Local Landscape Designations

Find information on Landscape designation here

Conservation Area Appraisals

Find out more about current appraisals:

Findhorn Conservation Area Appraisal

Cullen Conservation Area Appraisal

Keith Conservation Area Assessment

Environmental Projects 

We are involved in a number of environmental projects. Details of the environmental improvement schemes are included here.

The Wards Wildlife Site (PDF) is located in Elgin, south of the railway line, which separates Elgin from New Elgin. Alongside the Scottish Wildlife Trust, we have designated the site as a non-statutory wildlife site. The site is an important habitat, notable for its size and for supporting a colony of Northern Marsh Orchid in an urban location. The wetland provides a habitat for many wetland birds including Snipe and Reed Bunting.

A management plan has been prepared and work installing an all abilities path and interpretation material has been completed.

For further information please contact: Environmental Services on 01343 557051 or

Biodiversity Duty Reporting

The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 requires public bodies in Scotland to produce a publicly available report every three years. This duty is aimed at connecting people and their environment and not about protecting specific species or sites.

The information contained within this report sets out the work Moray Council has undertaken to meet biodiversity duties from 2018 to 2020.

Moray Council Biodiversity Duty Reporting 2018 - 2020

North East Scotland Local Biodiversity Action Plan NELBAP

We are a partner organisation on the NELBAP which aims to produce, implement and monitor action plans for a range of important habitats and species throughout the North East of Scotland. The Local Biodiversity Action Plan is designed to fit into a national and international programme designed to enhance biodiversity globally. A steering group of representatives from a range of organisations oversees the project with the support of a range of local sub-groups.

North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership 3 Year Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025

Contact Us

Planning & Development
The Moray Council
Council Office
High Street, Elgin
IV30 1BX

0300 123 4561

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