Translocation (moving individual animals from one place to another such as introducing native oysters into a new habitat or boosting numbers with animals from elsewhere) may not always be the most suitable conservation action. Management of species in their current localities, and wider habitat management, will generally be more cost-effective and lower risk. Reintroduction projects are usually complex. The Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations provides a framework for how to assess and plan conservation translocations in Scotland. It sets out when conservation translocations may be appropriate and situations in which they may benefit or cause problems for wildlife, people and the environment.
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