Nearly 50,000 wild animals spanning 84 species have been licensed to be killed by Scotland’s wildlife agency in recent years, The Ferret has found.
Scotland’s wildlife agency killed 57 barnacle geese to study the impact of avian flu because they wrongly feared it was illegal to test live animals.
NatureScot has been accused of failing to ensure that beavers are being killed humanely, with just one autopsy performed on the protected species last year.
Tulchan Estate, in the Highlands, received Scottish Government funds that would have allowed them to both burn and restore areas of the estate.
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.
A major French sports retailers with stores in Scotland is embroiled in controversy after being accused of "promoting and profiting" from the "slaughter" of songbirds including threatened species.