Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage is the public body responsible for the country’s natural heritage.
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.
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.
A proposal to curb the killing of birds of prey by licensing grouse shooting in Scotland has been blocked by the landowning lobby, according to a report for the Scottish Government.
A Scottish Government programme envisaging trials for seaweed dredging around the coast of Scotland has re-awakened fears for the future of “precious” underwater kelp forests.