Energy, fishing and other industries that profit from the sea would have to pay to help save marine wildlife under a scheme being put forward by environmentalists.
US developer under fire after complaining that his plan for a golf course on a wildlife site in Scotland had been delayed by “extremely restrictive” environmental rules.
The Scottish Government agency responsible for protecting wildlife has licensed the killing of 130,000 wild animals in the last five years.
The launch of the Scottish Government's public consultation on how to combat the global climate emergency has been condemned as “fiddling while the world burns”.
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.
Two beavers have been shot and another five were seen dead on Tayside in the last month, an investigation by The Ferret has revealed.
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.