Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage is the public body responsible for the country’s natural heritage.
Grouse shooting will be banned on sporting estates where birds are prey are being illegally killed, the Scottish Government has announced.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency is under attack for including images of dead beavers - including one displayed by children - in shooting lessons for Tayside farmers.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the death of a beaver in Perthshire just two days after the season for lethal control of the animals opened.
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.
A public conservation body which has received millions of pounds of funding to restore Scotland’s peat bogs is allowing commercial peat extraction on its own land, The Ferret can reveal.
Sporting estates are drawing up plans to lobby for blanket permission to shoot more birds to stop them eating salmon, according to a leaked document.
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.
Noise alarms used by the salmon farming industry to scare away seals could damage the hearing of whales, dolphins and porpoises, according to the Scottish Government’s wildlife agency.
The Scottish Government is under growing pressure to act after confirmation that 87 beavers have been shot under licence in the eight months since they were given official protected status.