High Nature Value Farming and Forestry (HNVFF) refers to farming and forestry systems important for the environmental benefits they provide, including support for a range of habitats and species considered to be of high nature conservation importance.
The main purpose of these statistics is to monitor the area of HNVFF in Scotland, in support of monitoring the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and other Scottish Government strategies such as the Land Use Strategy.
These statistics have been derived from information collected through the June Agricultural Census and woodland surveys conducted by the Forestry Commission.
Please note that there have been methodological changes in estimating the area of HNV farmland since the last publication in 2011 and therefore care should be taken when comparing the statistics over time. The HNV farmland statistics for 2009 have also been revised in this publication. Full details of the methodology can be seen in section 6 of the publication.