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NatureScot’s beaver management: judicial review

22 October, 2021

We want to clarify a range of inaccuracies in media reporting, following a judicial challenge of our approach to beaver management, brought by the Trees for Life organisation

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COP26: NatureScot's spokespeople and filming locations

12 October, 2021

To assist broadcast news teams with COP26 preparations, NatureScot, Scotland's nature agency is providing the following list of expert spokespeople for key climate change topics; and filming locations. The locations include where work is being undertaken to tackle climate change through enhancing and protecting Scotland's nature.  For further details and to check availability of a site or spokesperson, please email

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Biodiversity successes as virtual COP15 gets underway

11 October, 2021

Progress has been made in tackling nature loss in Scotland but there is much more to be done.

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NatureScot extends general licence restriction on Lanarkshire estate

29 September, 2021

NatureScot has extended the restriction of the use of general licences on Leadhills Estate in South Lanarkshire until 2023. The decision was made on the basis of additional evidence provided by Police Scotland of wildlife crime against birds.

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Two species recorded for first time at Tentsmuir nature reserve

28 September, 2021

Two spectacular species were recorded for the first time ever at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (NNR) this summer, reports NatureScot.

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Car park upgrade at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

22 September, 2021

As part of visitor improvements on St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, major works will begin shortly to improve the car park. 

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It’s not too late to reverse biodiversity decline by 2030, UK’s five leading nature bodies say

22 September, 2021

  • Five UK statutory nature agencies call on all parts of society for greater action and investment in nature now.
  • Report recommends businesses, organisations, cities and governments adopt targets to become Nature Positive – putting the crises of biodiversity loss and climate change on an equal footing.
  • Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), NatureScot, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) recommend nine priority actions to achieve a Nature Positive UK by 2030.

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From Beinn Eighe to Benghazi

17 September, 2021

An innovative method developed in Scotland to help conserve genetic diversity in wild species is being trialled in Libya thanks to a new collaboration.

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Secrets of Fair Isle sea caves revealed

10 September, 2021

High resolution images available to download below

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