Extracts from RAF Lossiemouth Environmental Manual
Royal Air Force Lossiemouth is a busy operational 'Tornado' aircraft Station. The Station occupies 1120 acres of an area of rich, fertile post-glacial low-lying plain that reaches from the granite foothills of the Cairngorm Massif in the south to the sandy shores of the Moray Firth in the North. The station itself is built mainly upon a sandy capped clay soil which allied to the climate ensures lush grass and good tree growth.
Sheltered as it is from the worst of the infamous Scottish weather by surrounding mountain ranges, the Moray Firth area enjoys a micro climate that ensures the continued presence of some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the whole of the north of Scotland. From rare orchids to shy otters, red deer to migrant wildfowl the local area is a delight for all that live and work here.
Such is the environmental value of some areas adjacent land that they have been set aside as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's). It is at the heart of this naturally beautiful and diverse environment that the 'industrial complex' of Royal Air Force Lossiemouth lies, with its potential to harm the very flora and fauna that make it such a unique and special jewel in the military crown. It is therefore imperative that we play our part in helping to protect the environment that we not only work in but also more importantly, live in.
The Environmental Policy states that RAF Lossiemouth will adopt best practice in process operations and use the best available techniques, not entailing excessive costs, to minimise adverse effects on the environment. The Station is also committed to identifying and measuring environmental effects, to achieve continual improvement to environmental performance.