• FARMING PRACTICES have been suggested as the main reason kestrels have fallen into decline in Scotland.

  • SCHOOL PUPILS have been encouraged to research native wildlife by entering a competition launched by a giant black grouse.

  • HIS ROYAL Highness Prince Charles has visited Perthshire's Glendelvine Estate to see its successful red squirrel conservation work - where he was presented with a red squirrel toy for his grandson Prince George's first birthday, .

  • FORESTRY COMMISSION Scotland is to hold a consultation update day this month to outline its management plan for Corniehaugh in the Deveron valley, Rothiemay.

  • FINZEAN ESTATE has won an award in recognition of its conservation work and preservation of a viable, thriving community.

  • FARMERS HAVE been asked to consider nesting birds while they go about their daily work.

  • LOCH LEVEN, one of Scotland's most popular national nature reserves, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a free event on June 8.

  • SCIENTISTS AND campaigners are calling for an evidence-driven debate over the much contended effects of neonicotinoids on bees.

  • LONG TERM projections of Great Britain's timber needs have revealed a 60 million cubic metre supply 'trough' in the middle of this century - unless Scotland fills the hole by extending its current tree planting targets for a further 20 years.

  • RELATIONS between farmers and conservationists could be on the mend, as they work together behind the scenes towards agreement on the extent of sea eagle predation on lambs - and what might be done in mitigation.