The Countryside of Scotland
Scotland is blessed with a wide complexity of landscapes. The wildest and finest are designated as National Parks or National Scenic Areas.
Scotland is renowned for it’s spectacular countryside and abundant wildlife and is wonderful for wildlife watching. It is also home to Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,345 metres above sea level.
Glasgow and Strathclyde
Edinburgh and Lothians
Tayside, Central and Fife
National Trust for Scotland – Countryside & Wildlife
The National Trust for Scotland cares for and manages over 76,000 hectares of countryside, home to a huge variety of wildlife and world-famous natural landscapes.
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The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.
- Volunteering with RSPB Scotland 4th June 2020Our Duke of Edinburgh Award pin badge volunteer Abby is working towards her gold award. Here she tells us about her about her volunteering experience with RSPB Scotland.(read more)
- Peatland in prints 2nd June 2020To celebrate World Peatlands Day 2020 RSPB Scotland's Yvonne McMahon shares a bit about a peatland restoration project at our Loch Gruinart reserve.(read more)
- Five facts about short-eared owls 29th May 2020Short-eared owls are one of the four species of owl you might see in Scotland. They are medium sized, with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and bright yellow eyes, which are very striking with their black outline! Molly Martin shares five facts to familiarise yourself with these gorgeous birds. (read more)
- Lead nature agency publishes beaver licensing statistics 28th May 2020Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) today published a report on the challenging balance to be made between protecting beavers in Scotland and helping to prevent serious damage to some farmers’ land.
- Orkney goose management plans during Covid-19 restrictions 25th May 2020Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Orkney Greylag Goose Management group today announced they are working together to ensure greylag goose management on Orkney continues once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
- Call for nature lockdown stories on Biodiversity Day 22nd May 2020Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on people to share their memorable stories and images of nature during lockdown.
- Environmental Watchdog Essential for a Post COVID-19 Green Recovery in Scotland 4th June 2020Following the Scottish government’s recent announcement that refusal to extend the Brexit transition would have a damaging impact on Scotland’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis , Scottish Environment LINK (LINK), a coalition of Scotland’s leading environmental charities has warned that the accompanying loss of EU environmental protections for Scotland would also put at risk ambitions […]
- Campaigners welcome new Scottish environment strategy 25th February 2020Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have called on the government to back up its commitment with legally binding targets for nature recovery. The charities, members of Scottish Environment LINK and […]
- Environmental protection must be a priority for a post-Brexit Scotland 3rd February 2020We, Scotland’s people, love our nature. Our beautiful and varied natural environment is integral to who we are and how we see ourselves. Yet we know that nature is in trouble and needs our help. The start of a new decade provides us with unique opportunities we must seize. This year, in which Scotland hosts […]
- £7 million for timber transport projects 2nd June 2020Projects to help improve Scotland’s timber transport network have been awarded £7 million from the Scottish Government. Forestry is included under Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Route Map, which allows outdoor work such as forestry to fully restart its operations. The awards are drawn from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund which is managed […]
- Argyll mental health project opens new doors during lockdown 14th May 2020A mental health project in Argyllshire has transformed its operations during the COVID-19 outbreak to continue helping its participants. The Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust (ACT) delivers Branching Out Argyll and Moving On, two woodland-based programmes of outdoor activities, to help participants overcome mental health issues caused by loneliness, isolation, and stigma. […]
- Norbord staff praised for emergency response 8th April 2020Workers at the Norbord wood processing plants in Inverness and Stirling have been praised for their vital role in providing much needed materials during the COVID-19 response. The plants at Dalcross and Cowie have provided wood-based construction materials to the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, London Nightingale Hospital and other emergency hospitals in Swansea […]
- Rooftop garden vision for homes next to Meadowbank stadium 3rd June 2020THEY have been called “gardens in the sky” and could become a key weapon in the battle against climate change.
- Ayrshire firm takes the light touch to water protection 1st June 2020By Kristy Dorsey
- Solway haaf netters fear coronavirus could kill off ancient art 31st May 2020For more than 1,000 years. haafers have trudged across the mudflats of the Solway Firth, their primitive-looking fishing contraptions propped across their shoulders, each step taking them closer to the grey, cold water and their catch.