• CONSERVATION HEROES from across the country were honoured this week at the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.

  • A NEW fund has been set up to protect native red deer in memory of a respected stalker.

  • SIX AREAS of Scotland have been identified as a priority for the conservation of wildcats.

  • A CHARITY has put itself at the centre of the dispute over badger culling by issuing a controversial Christmas card.

  • 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.