• RECORDED CRIMES against Scottish birds of prey decreased from 23 in 2013 to 19 in 2014, according to the latest bird of prey crime maps published this week.

  • MOORLAND MANAGERS have claimed there are increased numbers of mountain hares in Scotland.

  • A NEW report has shown mixed results for numbers and breeding success for birds of prey in Scotland.

  • RSPB Scotland has responded to the application to move T in the Park to a new venue at Strathallan Castle.

  • A FULLY-FLEDGED white-tailed eagle recently sighted in Dumfries and Galloway is the survivor of a nest tumble as a chick on the island of Mull, conservationists have revealed.

  • RSPB SCOTLAND is mounting a robust campaign of objection to proposals for a windfarm at Strathy South, in the heart of the Flow Country peatlands of Sutherland.

  • RECENT STORMS and high tides have exposed a deadly danger along UK rivers and beaches.

  • COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT student Cheryl Murray is going nuts.

  • RESPONDING TO a public consultation on a planning application for the 25 turbine Crossburns Wind Farm in Highland Perthshire, the John Muir Trust has lodged an objection, warning that the scheme would "disfigure" one of Scotland's most popular walking trails.

  • THIRTY OF the world's leading scientists attended a conference organised by RSPB, and hosted by the Scottish Seabird Centre, last week to discuss what key actions need to be taken to restore critical sandeel populations in the North Sea.