Bioregioning Tayside is a new platform which is bringing people in Tayside together to build community resilience in the face of:

– global heating – with major implications for survival of life as we know it,

– a sixth mass extinction of plants and animals driven by us, which is collapsing biodiversity and threatening the food webs we depend on

– a broken economic model – which is fuelling the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse and resulting in increasing social injustice and mental ill health

Alyth Flood 2015, photo Steve Taylor

We aim to build that community resilience through the concept of a Bioregion.

A Bioregion is a geographic area defined not by political or economic boundaries but through its natural features – its geology; topography; climate; soils; hydrology and watersheds; agriculture; biodiversity, flora and fauna and vegetation.

Bioregioning re-connects people with those natural systems, and each other, through the places where they live, enabling deeper understanding of the interdependence between them and human flourishing.

1912 Map of Highland Boundary Fault by G. Barrow

Tayside is a part of Scotland named after the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river and largest river catchment area which flows through it.

Traversed by Scotland’s greatest geological feature, the Highland Boundary Fault, it is a largely rural area, covering around 7,500 square kilometres and including the cities of Dundee and Perth, it has a population of around 400,000.

Tay River Catchment Area, photo Wikimedia Commons