Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland
Formal monitoring of Scotland’s most precious wildlife by the Scottish Government’s nature agency has been slashed more than fivefold over the last decade.
Special licences allow protected species in Scotland such as hedgehogs, mountain hares and birds in decline to be killed or disturbed.
Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to correct a “mistake” which makes wildlife sites in Scotland more vulnerable to damage than sites in the rest of the UK.
Wildlife in Scotland has weaker protection against damaging developments than wildlife in England and Wales, according to emails released by the government’s conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage.
The Scottish Government is facing unprecedented pressure to overhaul its plans to cut climate pollution from farming from a powerful alliance of food and environment groups.
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.
Over 70 birds of prey have been killed or gone missing at grouse shooting estates across Scotland since 2004.
Fresh concerns about Scottish Government’s failure to tackle wildlife crime after the collapse of legal action against landowner.