The Nature of Scotland Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation.

Scotland is renowned worldwide for its beautiful wild places and abundant wildlife. We must work hard to preserve this precious natural heritage, celebrating success stories and protecting that which is under real threat.

The Nature of Scotland Awards 2016 are now closed for nominations. We received an exceptional calibre of entries this year.

The 2016 shortlists were announced at an evening reception at Scottish Parliament hosted by Mark Russell MSP. Further information can be found about this year's finalists by visiting the 2016 Shortlist page.

The 2016 Nature of Scotland Awards will take place on Thursday, 24 November at the prestigious Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Guests will enjoy a memorable evening which will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner and awards presentation. 

The 2016 awards will be hosted by BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham. During the evening, guests will learn more about those who have reached the shortlist and find out who the winners are. To book your place at the event download a booking form on the ceremony page.

In November 2015, we were delighted to host the fourth year of the Awards, which recognised the very best efforts made for the benefit of nature conservation in Scotland. The challenges involved in protecting and nurturing Scotland’s special places and iconic species are ever more pressing.

Find out who our winners and finalists were in 2015 and get a flavour of the event by viewing a selection of photographs from the award ceremony.

Good luck to this year's participants and a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters! 

If you would like any information about the Awards please email or call 0131 317 4100.

About the awards

Award categories

There are eight award categories - each one recognises a different aspect of conservation work. More...

Award categories

The judges

Find out more about the 2016 judges and why they are excited to be judging the awards. More...

The judges

The award ceremony

The fifth annual Nature of Scotland Awards presentation dinner will be held on 24 November 2016 at the prestigious Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. More...

The award ceremony

Our partners

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Our partners
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Chris Packham on the Nature of Scotland Awards

Book your place

The Nature of Scotland Awards 2016 will take place on the 24th of November at Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh. Join us and celebrate Scotland's conservation heroes!

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2016 supporters

I encourage anyone who is aware of exceptional conservation work in Scotland to make nominations for the Nature of Scotland Awards and ensure this important work receives the recognition it deserves. I look forward to reading more of these inspirational stories and wish all the nominees the best of luck.

Richard Lochhead, Environment Secretary