Thousands of sites used by birds of prey will go unmonitored for the first time in almost two decades due to the coronavirus crisis, prompting fears that more birds will be illegally killed.
Two beavers have been shot and another five were seen dead on Tayside in the last month, an investigation by The Ferret has revealed.
Special licences allow protected species in Scotland such as hedgehogs, mountain hares and birds in decline to be killed or disturbed.
Revelations that farmers and landowners in Scotland have been licensed to kill more than 4,000 ravens in the last four years have sparked a chorus of criticism from campaigners.
The number of mountain hares in the eastern Highlands has dropped by more than 99 per cent since 1954, according to a new study - prompting calls for urgent action to protect the species.
A killer tree disease has spread to Scotland’s main timber crop, sikta spruce, raising fears for the environment and the £1 billion forestry industry.
Wildlife, walking and woodland attractions are under threat from plans by Scotland’s largest public landowner to slash specialist staff.
Fresh concerns about Scottish Government’s failure to tackle wildlife crime after the collapse of legal action against landowner.
Government moves to penalise grouse-shooting estates suspected of persecuting birds of prey have been “completely undermined” by a gaping loophole, say conservationists.