Two new incidents in which birds of prey are alleged to have been illegally killed on a sporting estate in southern Scotland are under investigation by the police.
Most lobbying of Scottish ministers has been carried out by big businesses and farmers, according to an analysis of Holyrood’s lobbying register by The Ferret.
Landowners will be prevented from mass shooting of mountain hares and salmon farmers face controls on sonic seal scarers - but beavers will still be killed.
Residents of a Dumfriesshire village have published a detailed proposal for a community buyout of land owned by the Duke of Buccleuch.
The Scottish Government agency responsible for protecting wildlife has licensed the killing of 130,000 wild animals in the last five years.
The Scottish Government is failing to meet targets to boost the number of affordable homes for rural and island communities, according to documents obtained by The Ferret.
Landowners and farmers are licensed to kill more than 1,300 brown hares every year during the breeding season, prompting accusations that their young will be left to starve to death.
Film footage of heather moorland on fire belching clouds of smoke across the Cairngorms has sparked fierce criticism of sporting estates.
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.