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.
- Nature Networks – Key to supporting our green recovery 17th July 2020Exploring Scotland's nature networks and why they are essential as we look toward a green recovery.(read more)
- We’re making Edinburgh a Swift Sanctuary – and we need your help! 16th July 2020Katie O'Neill, RSPB Scotland Edinburgh Swift City Project Officer, tells us about the Edinburgh Swift City project and how you can get involved.(read more)
- Five facts about foxgloves 13th July 2020Foxgloves are some of the most recognisable wildflowers out at the moment. They are found in woodland, along hedgerows and riverbanks, on heath and chalkland, hillsides, coasts and sea cliffs. Molly Martin shares five facts about these stunning but deadly beauties.(read more)
- Welcome back to Scotland’s great outdoors but be sure to follow the Code 16th July 2020Scots are being asked to enjoy the great outdoors safely and responsibly by following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code in a new campaign, launching today.
- New boardwalk and paths for West Lothian nature reserve 14th July 2020A West Lothian nature reserve is being expanded, with plans to develop a new boardwalk and circular paths as well as to restore peatlands and help mitigate climate change, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) announced today.
- Nature fund's latest £1.8m to save Scotland’s most threatened plants and wildlife 11th July 2020Projects to restore part of the River Tweed’s mosaic of wetlands and natural woodland; help protect wading birds of global conservation concern in the Clyde Valley; and tackle the notoriously destructive invasive plant Japanese knotweed are among the latest recipients in the Scottish Government's Biodiversity Challenge Fund. Following delays resulting from the COVID-19 situation, more […]
- How good are Scotland’s new draft environment laws? 13th July 2020If you believe your local environment is being harmed due to the failure of a public body to meet environmental standards, you can raise an official complaint and request an investigation. Well, you can until the end of December 2020, that is, when the Brexit transition period ends. A major benefit of EU membership is […]
- Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit environmental protections 19th June 2020Scottish Environment LINK has today welcomed the Scottish government’s announcement of a new EU Continuity Bill to safeguard vital environmental protections that would otherwise be lost in December this year, at the end of the Brexit transition period. … [continue reading] Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit environmental protections The post Campaigners welcome legislation for post-Brexit […]
- 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 […]
- New voice for the forestry profession 14th July 2020Dr Helen McKay OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Forester for Scotland. In her new role, she will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters to Scottish Government Ministers. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Dr McKay has worked for Forest Research since 1988, with a seven-year spell in the Forestry […]
- Forestry grants to grow forestry and farm businesses 9th July 2020Scottish Forestry is making over £2 million available to tree nurseries, small forestry businesses and farmers to help them gear up and play their part in creating more woodland across Scotland. And for the first time, through a new agreement with the UK and Welsh Governments, tree nurseries in England and Wales which supply trees […]
- £1M boost for timber transport projects 25th June 2020An additional £1 million has been allocated for projects that improve timber transport links, helping the forestry sector get timber to market. The extra funding comes from the Scottish Government’s Return to Work package and is on top of the £7 million announced for timber transport projects recently. Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll& Bute, East Ayrshire, Highland […]
- Scottish farmers offered share of £1m incentive to take up forestry 17th July 2020Farmers in Scotland have been offered a share of £1m as an incentive to take up forestry.
- Can the Scottish Government urge us back out of our cars for the sake of the environment? 17th July 2020CONFESSION: I love my car.
- Energy boss says Ofgem ruling puts new Scottish jobs at risk 17th July 2020By Kristy Dorsey