• FARMERS and landowners are being asked to report any hen harrier sightings to the ‘Heads Up for Harriers’ project. 

  • RSPB Scotland scientists have claimed that a Sutherland windfarm has caused a significant reduction in the number of breeding birds in the area.

  • A PAIR of sea eagles are preparing to nest on RSPB Scotland's Hoy nature reserve, raising hopes that this year may see Orkney's first chicks in nearly 150 years.

  • SPRING TIME is fast approaching, and people across Scotland are being urged to dust off their muddy wellies and get back into the garden to put up a nest box in time for the bird breeding season.

  • RSPB SCOTLAND has purchased the nature reserve at Dunnet Head, Caithness, which is the northernmost point of mainland Britain.
  • SCOTLAND'S DEER management groups are increasing the amount of information that they put in the public domain via the internet.

  • NEW MEASURES to regulate the killing of wild salmon in Scotland, effectively banning catches outwith river estuaries, were announced this week by environment minister Aileen McLeod.

  • SCOTLAND'S GAMEKEEPERS this week sent an open letter to the Scottish Government complaining about the red deer culls conducted by conservation charity, the John Muir Trust, on the Knoydart peninsula.

  • A GRASS-ROOTS conservation project for the critically endangered Scottish wildcat has been highlighted by Humane Society International for its innovative use of humane, trap-neuter-return controls of feral cats. Recent estimates place the population of wildcats as low as 35 in Scotland, where they are threatened by hybridisation, or cross-mating, with feral domestic cats.

  • ONE OF Scotland's rarest breeding birds, the corncrake, has suffered a poor season this year, with numbers dropping by nearly a fifth.