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.
Strict new rules should be brought in to curb the damage done by deer to the natural environment, according to a major report to the Scottish Government.
A powerful alliance of Scottish environmental groups has called for a radical rethink in the way deer are managed, which will mean making culls compulsory for landowners.
Scottish Government funding for major environment bodies has been slashed by 40 per cent over the last decade putting nature and the climate at risk, according to a new expert analysis.
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.
A move to impose tougher controls on landowners scarring hillsides by bulldozing tracks for deer stalking and grouse shooting has been launched in the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland is failing to meet international targets to prevent wildlife from becoming extinct, according to the latest assessment for the Scottish Government.
Scottish Natural Heritage has come under fire after backing down on plans to take legal action against landowners who don’t kill enough deer.