• MINISTERS HAVE refused consent for the proposed 31-turbine wind farm at Allt Duine near Kincraig.

  • SCOTTISH NATURAL Heritage has updated its online service for hill walkers ahead of the peak deer stalking season.

  • IN THE wake of the shooting of yet another protected bird, sporting estates have received an unequivocal warning - put an end to these kind of wildlife crimes, or risk the introduction of a licensing system for your industry.

  • THE SCOTTISH Government has pulled the plug on two major wind farm developments - the proposed Beinn Mhor wind farm on the edge of Glen Affric, and a major development adjacent to the East Halladale Flows wild land area in Caithness.

  • HEAVYWEIGHT HELP was added to the national effort to protect the red squirrel this week, as the RSPB joined the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels project.

  • SUPPORT FOR the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland has come from the National Trust for Scotland, which has said the country is 'poorer' without them.

  • The first results of a major survey of bird migration are revealing dramatic and unexpected changes in the numbers and timing of some long-distance migrants coming from Africa.

  • BASC is asking shoots to help beekeepers for the benefit of bees, the countryside and shoots

  • WILD LAND charity the John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three large wind farms in designated Wild Land Areas.

  • 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.