Efforts to track and protect Scotland’s threatened skate population are being expanded.
Scottish Natural Heritage
The last 12 months have been hailed as “spectacular” for some north and north-east wildlife, with a number of rare events highlighting how certain species are flourishing.
It has been a year for the north-east record books after a rare flower appeared on an Aberdeenshire nature reserve for the first time in nearly two decades.
An environmental organisation has apologised after deliberately killing hundreds of trees on an island in Loch Lomond.
The harsh conditions of the Beast from the East have been blamed for a decline in the population of woodland birds in Scotland.
Nature enthusiasts are being encouraged to find novel uses for the rubbish they collect from a scenic stretch of the north-east coastline.
Conservationists are hoping a small Aberdeenshire gorge might just be the saving grace for an endangered flower.
Campaigners seeking an asset transfer of "rundown" Kinloch Castle on Rum expressed “extreme disappointment” after their request was refused by Scotland's environmental agency.
Red deer on one of the Small Isles are providing some of the first evidence that wild animals are evolving to give birth earlier in the year as the climate warms.
A local authority has employed specialists to tackle an unwanted plant growing on coastal cliffs.
Stunning new images have highlighted the thousands of wild birds who migrate to a north-east nature reserve from near the arctic circle.
More than 10,000 trees will be planted in Aberdeenshire as part of efforts to prepare the River Dee for a 'climate emergency'.
Estates in the east Cairngorms are preparing to undertake a second year of mountain hare monitoring using new methods of counting.
Farmers and crofters in North Uist, Coll and Tiree will be compensated for allowing barnacle geese to graze their land as part of a new scheme.
Plans have been submitted for a new 12-cage salmon farm off Fetlar.
Minister visits Flow Country as bid ramps up to have area recognised by UNESCO as world heritage site
The bid to have the Flow Country in Sutherland recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO has gathered momentum after the Minister for the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, visited the area to sample its rugged beauty.
Six specially-trained detection dogs are to be brought in to Orkney to help rid the islands rugged landscape of the invasive non-native stoat.
Visitors to Scotland’s national nature reserves will this summer be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery with some ceilidh music.
David Ross: Moving jobs here from the central belt would be a good start to slowing population decline
Reports that up to 90% of Channel 4 staff in London are choosing to take redundancy, rather than move to the new regional base in Leeds or satellite offices in Bristol and Glasgow, struck a chord.
An 800ft trench in the Moray Firth could be given a special government designation to protect the sea creatures which dwell there.
Bird-lovers have been warned to be careful when approaching nests, after concerns were raised about people getting too close to a pair of kestrels near a coastal path in Buchan.
Farm and croft leaders have welcomed an admission by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) that white-tailed eagles kill healthy sheep and lambs.
The views of farmers and crofters on controlling wild birds under general licence – to prevent damage to crops, livestock or other wildlife – are to be examined in a 12-week consultation later this year.
Scotland's mountaineers have called on Scottish Natural Heritage to stand up to wind farm developers they believe are "playing the system".
A unique pine forest in Wester Ross will have its genetic code preserved forever in a UK first.
A speckled wood butterfly has become the 1.5-millionth animal logged by north-east wildlife watchers.
A marine wildlife tourism study, designed to shape the management methods of projects across Scotland, will use the Moray Firth as its primary focus.
A wildlife photographer has captured a series of spectacular shots of birds of prey at a north-east nature reserve.
Animal rights charities have criticised a controversial project to reduce the number of mink in the north-east and Highlands.
An MSP met with environmentalists to discuss the protection of a seal colony at a north-east estuary.
Bosses at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have discussed shock plans to move the quango’s national headquarters from Edinburgh to the Highlands.
Calls made to combat marine litter on Shetland after dead gannet discovered entangled in rope and twine
Calls have been made to combat marine litter after a Shetland man photographed a gannet which appeared to have died after becoming entangled in rope and twine.