Scottish Government funding for major environment bodies has been slashed by 40 per cent over the last decade putting nature and the climate at risk, according to a new expert analysis.
A hotel developer backed by the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, has been forced to restore an ancient pinewood illegally felled in the Cairngorms national park.
The Scottish Government agency responsible for protecting wildlife has licensed the killing of 130,000 wild animals in the last five years.
"A landscape scarred by human activity": stunning aerial photos reveal how land use in Scotland has been changed by deer, forestry, agriculture and golf.
The public sector in Scotland is being urged to step up its efforts to tackle the climate emergency, after a survey revealed that most government bodies have done little or nothing in response.
Landowners and farmers are licensed to kill more than 1,300 brown hares every year during the breeding season, prompting accusations that their young will be left to starve to death.
Keep Scotland Beautiful is under fire for links to an industry lobbyist who described moves to reduce the use of plastic bags as a "witch-hunt".
Scotland's richest MSP is under pressure to return a £185,000 property development grant after bungling officials failed to claim it back on time.
Nicola Sturgeon has defended her rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, after he backed a hotel developer accused of illegally destroying an ancient pinewood in the Cairngorms.