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.
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.
Plans to prolong the mining of peat at two sites in Dumfries and Galloway have alarmed environmental groups, who want a ban to protect the climate.
A decision to allow the extraction of tens of thousands of tonnes of peat every year from a site in the Highlands has been labelled “incredibly disappointing” by environmental groups.
Freedom of information requests to the UK and Scottish governments reveal that authorities have no idea how much peat is being removed and sold commercially.
Scottish Government funding for major environment bodies has been slashed by 40 per cent over the last decade putting nature and the climate at risk, according to a new expert analysis.
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.