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.
- Five ways to help nature this autumn 22nd October 2020RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares five ways we can help nature this autumn.(read more)
- Going for a walk in bad weather 19th October 2020Molly Martin takes us for a bad weather walk and shares the highlights of being outside when most people are inside. I’d like to start off by making one thing very clear, I don’t think there is such a thing as “bad” weather. I’m a strong believer in appreciating the outside world in all its […]
- RSPB’s Gamebird shooting and associated land management review: A case study 15th October 2020RSPB’s Abernethy reserve was once managed in part for shooting. Now we’re restoring it to make it a place that helps nature in the widest possible way.(read more)
- Autumnwatch comes to Tentsmuir and the Isle of May 19th October 2020Popular BBC series Autumnwatch will broadcast live from Tentsmuir from next week, beaming the wildlife of this special area into homes across the country.
- Lead nature agency celebrates spectacular autumn wildlife 15th October 2020Autumn heralds some spectacular displays of wildlife in Scotland, with thousands of migrating geese arriving, the fierce deer rut, and surging waterfalls. Lead nature agency NatureScot is sharing stunning images for those who can’t travel to witness these wildlife wonders this year.
- Outdoors and nature engagement sustained post-lockdown 14th October 2020An increase in people visiting the outdoors and engaging with nature has continued after lockdown, a new survey shows.
- Why we must have an independent environment watchdog for Scotland 12th October 2020Last month, the Scottish Government declared responsibility for transformative change for nature. With 1 in 9 species at risk of extinction in Scotland and the world failing to meet its commitments for nature, we must take immediate action to enact laws that protect and enhance the nature around us before it is gone forever. … […]
- UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment 13th August 2020Scottish Environment LINK, a coalition of Scotland’s leading environment charities, has warned the UK government that its plan to create a UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s natural environment by dragging down standards. … [continue reading] UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment The post UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment […]
- Scotland’s new environment watchdog needs more teeth 23rd July 2020How fully does the Scottish Government's proposed new environment watchdog replace the oversight and enforcement functions previously carried out by EU institutions? Will it have the independence, powers and resources required to hold government to account on environmental matters? … [continue reading] Scotland’s new environment watchdog needs more teeth The post Scotland’s new environment watchdog […]
- Timber transport partnership funding to benefit communities 15th October 2020A public and private partnership project in the Highlands has received funding from the Scottish Government to move maturing timber over a new forest road to a floating pier to be built on the Morvern peninsula. Under the Strategic Timber Transport Fund, over £987,000 has been awarded to the project, with additional contributions being made by […]
- Trees donated to revive community woodland 2nd October 2020300 young trees have been donated to the East Kilbride Community Trust after their popular community woodland was trashed by vandals. Volunteers were left devastated as all the hard work that had gone into K-Woodlands had been ripped up overnight early in June. Trees were destroyed along with wooden frames and stakes were thrown in a […]
- Timber rail trial on track 8th September 2020A six-week timber by rail project in the north of Scotland aims to demonstrate that moving timber by rail is a viable and greener alternative to using roads in the long distance movement of timber. The Scottish Government, through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund, has allocated £195,000 to Victa Railfreight to undertake the trial. […]
- Extinction Rebellion: 12 arrests made after protestors refuse to disperse 23rd October 2020A total of 12 climate activists have been arrested after a 12-hour blockade at the Ineos refinery in Grangemouth.
- Fenning Welstead : Good growth in investment at John Clegg & Co 23rd October 2020Since March this year, the forestry sector, in common with other parts of the economy, has had to deal with the adverse impact of the COVID pandemic. The impact across the forestry sector has not been even, however. Some parts have experienced only a mild impact while others, such as the nurseries, who are vital […]
- Grangemouth: Extinction Rebellion Scotland block gates at Ineos refinery in pollution protest 23rd October 2020Climate activists have blocked the gates of the Ineos refinery at Grangemouth with boats in a protest against pollution.