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.
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.
The Scottish Government’s forestry agency has admitted that red squirrel nests may be “lost” when it cuts down trees.
Highland Council has been accused by conservationists of causing potentially criminal damage to native trees at Loch Morlich.
Video allegations that fish farm pollution has damaged rare and beautiful wildlife are under investigation by two Scottish Government watchdogs.
Conservationists have urged NatureScot to stick to the timetable it set for Scotland’s new policy on wild beavers, to save animals from being shot.
A senior figure at NatureScot expressed concern there was no “coherent strategy” at the Scottish Government’s wildlife agency on how to tackle the decline of some of Scotland’s most precious natural sites.
Thirteen leading nature, environment and countryside advocates have been rejected as board members by the Scottish Government’s nature agency.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency, NatureScot, withdrew an objection to a tourist development after “serious heat” from its chair, Mike Cantlay.