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.
Scottish ministers have been accused of rewriting the rules and weakening legal protection for precious wildlife sites to pave the way for a controversial golf development on the north east coast.
Farmers blamed for blocking legal protection for beavers, allowing more to be shot.
Donald Trump’s golf resort in Aberdeenshire has been condemned as “poor” for sewage pollution by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Scotland’s forests are treated and sprayed every year with hundreds of kilograms of a toxic pesticide blamed for killing bees and butterflies, The Ferret can reveal.
Plans to build a golf course on one of Scotland’s most precious coastal wildlife sites would be blocked in England, say environmental groups.
Scottish ministers are coming under concerted pressure to give communities across Scotland stronger rights to resist property developers proposing controversial building schemes.
Wildlife in Scotland has weaker protection against damaging developments than wildlife in England and Wales, according to emails released by the government’s conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage.
The Scottish Government is facing unprecedented pressure to overhaul its plans to cut climate pollution from farming from a powerful alliance of food and environment groups.