Scotland is amazing for wildlife. The variety of species and habitats is outstanding - from golden eagles to otters, red squirrels to wintering geese and huge seabird colonies - all set among rugged mountains, moorland, ancient Caledonian pine forests and miles of coastline.
Our nature reserves in Scotland include some of the wildest and most beautiful areas of the UK. They provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy some of Scotland's spectacular wildlife and scenery, from the world-famous ospreys of Loch Garten to white-tailed eagles on Mull and Rhum.
Basing our work on a sound scientific understanding of what is happening in Scotland's countryside ensures our policies and the partnerships we build are successful. There is a great deal of interest in the conservation of Scotland's biodiversity, and we are pleased to be able to help foster and encourage this.
We have enjoyed numerous conservation successes, from playing a key role in the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles and red kites to Scotland, to increasing the fortunes of corncrakes.
However, the challenges we face are many and varied. These include working for greater protection and better management of seas and coastlines and stamping out the the deliberate destruction of Scotland’s birds of prey that has been a prominent issue for many decades.
With around 23% of the European wind energy resource (on- and off-shore) and 59% of the UK’s coastline, Scotland has a pivotal role in the future of renewable energy in the UK. To meet the Scottish Executive’s target of generating 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 without causing environmental harm will require careful planning.
We are keen to work with wind farm and other renewable energy developers to help achieve sound, sustainable developments that avoid unnecessary conflicts and have established good links with companies and discuss formal plans early, so that sensitive sites can be avoided.
We work with farmers and landowners, providing advice and assistance in helping birds and other wildlife on their land.
With your support, we are providing a better future for Scotland's wildlife for us - and future generations - to enjoy.