• 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.

  • STARLING MURMURATIONS are set to darken the winter skies as part of an incredible not-to-be missed wildlife spectacle.

  • METHODS SUGGESTED to ensure the survival of the capercaillie have been criticised by gamekeepers, who have warned that land management measures will make no difference if predators are not kept under control.

  • AN INQUIRY into rates of wildlife crime prosecution has prompted calls on the Scottish Government to do more to tackle the problem.

  • A FINAL report has been published into the trial reintroduction of beavers into the Scottish countryside - and it is now up to the Scottish Government to decide what steps to take next.

  • FISHERMEN COULD require a licence to kill wild salmon following a public consultation early in the new year.

  • Britain and Ireland were graced with warm, settled weather over the spring and summer of 2014, resulting in a bumper bird breeding season.

  • CATTLE USED for conservation grazing by Forestry Commission Scotland have been sold to a top price in Oban.

  • FORESTRY CAN deliver thousands of new jobs alongside enormous environmental benefits - if the next UK government does more to support the forestry and timber sector.

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