Scotland’s planned annual deer cull target for 2020-21 has been reduced by around 10 per cent as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, government agency NatureScot has announced.
An isolated Scottish community turned down a £2.7 million scheme to bring badly needed new housing, opportunities and environmental improvements to the area.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the death of a beaver in Perthshire just two days after the season for lethal control of the animals opened.
A fund set up to help community buyouts is heavily skewed towards a few local authority areas and has spent millions on buying assets already in public ownership.
The Scottish Government is under growing pressure to act after confirmation that 87 beavers have been shot under licence in the eight months since they were given official protected status.
Strict new rules should be brought in to curb the damage done by deer to the natural environment, according to a major report to the Scottish Government.
A powerful alliance of Scottish environmental groups has called for a radical rethink in the way deer are managed, which will mean making culls compulsory for landowners.
Expansion of Scotland’s salmon farming industry should be banned until welfare standards are improved, according to a new report from a leading Scottish animal charity.
Energy watchdog launches investigation into revelations that Scottish farmers failed to get planning permission for ‘green’ boiler systems.