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.
Farmers and landowners have killed around a hundred wild beavers in Tayside in a cull condemned as "sickening" and "shameful" by campaigners.
Rare birds in a conservation area on the Firth of Tay have been “devastated” by a huge wildfire during a dry spell in April, according to wildlife experts.
Thousands of sites used by birds of prey will go unmonitored for the first time in almost two decades due to the coronavirus crisis, prompting fears that more birds will be illegally killed.
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.