Attempts to defeat wildlife crime unravel as gamekeepers boycott government meetings and another prosecution is dropped.
An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.
The drinks and retail industries have fought a fierce behind-the-scenes battle to block plans for a deposit scheme for drinks containers in Scotland.
Correspondence released under freedom of information law reveals that two companies warned ministers that a planned conservation area for harbour porpoises could kill their plans for wind farms in the Moray Firth.
The Scottish Government has supported an attempt by the agricultural industry to stall a proposed European ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides, according to memos seen by The Ferret.
The drinks and retail industries have been accused of deploying “dirty tricks” in an attempt to derail Scottish Government plans to introduce a deposit scheme for drinks containers.