NatureScot signs off subsidies to billionaire’s estate for burning heather…and restoring land
Tulchan Estate, in the Highlands, received Scottish Government funds that would have allowed them to both burn and restore areas of the estate.
National park authority accused of geological failings
A highly critical report has alleged a series of failings by national park chiefs in protecting the unique geological heritage in their care.
China and Russia block Antarctic protection
China and Russia are expected to block plans for protecting the seas around the Antarctic from over-fishing.
Mapping the green rush: Scotland’s carbon credit sites
As part of The Ferret’s Carbon Credit series, we've mapped all of Scotland's carbon capture sites and explored the top 20, which span from Carsphairn to Caithness.
Weed killer linked to cancer still used by every Scots council
Nearly every Scottish council is still using a weed killer linked to cancer and biodiversity loss, with new figures obtained by The Ferret showing that around 40,000 litres of the herbicide are being used across the country each year.
Targets to restore peatlands missed for fourth successive year
The Scottish Government missed its annual target to restore Scotland’s peatland by a wide margin in 2021-22 for the fourth consecutive year.
Scottish Government refused to support ban on peat-based compost
Scottish ministers refused to join with their Welsh and English counterparts in supporting proposals for a ban on the sale of peat-based compost across the three nations, we can reveal.
Beavers to be relocated to three new sites in Scotland
Conservationists have welcomed plans by the Scottish Government’s woodland agency to bring beavers to three new sites on its vast estate before the end of this year.
Closure of historic Edinburgh footpath to be reviewed
The closure of one of Edinburgh’s most famous footpaths is to be reviewed following pressure from access and conservation groups.