The renowned awards open for entries today
RSPB Scotland is delighted to announce that TV presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble will be this year’s host for the Nature of Scotland Awards in association with Scottish Natural Heritage. The renowned awards, which open for entries today, celebrate the people, projects and organisations across Scotland dedicated to conserving our outstanding natural heritage.
Kate said: “With a true passion for nature, I love nothing more than being in the outdoors and exploring the British countryside. Scotland offers a wealth of diverse and wonderful wild places to explore but these are unfortunately under real threat in the modern world we live in.
“With this in mind, I’m thrilled to be hosting the 2018 Nature of Scotland Awards where I will have the opportunity to meet and thank the conservation heroes doing so much to protect Scotland’s precious natural heritage. The dedication and hard work of individuals is crucial in the battle to protect and preserve Scotland’s natural environment for generations to come and I’m looking forward to learning more about the people and projects offering nature a home.”
Now in their seventh year the awards span nine categories including a special new award for this year in celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, the RSPB Young Nature Champion Award. This new award will recognise the achievements of young people, aged 8 to 26 years old, making a positive impact on nature in Scotland.
Kate will be joined as host by BBC TV and radio presenter, and wildlife expert Euan McIlwraith when the winners are unveiled at a black tie dinner on Thursday 22nd November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.
Since the event started in 2011, almost 50 projects, individuals and organisations have been recognised with a Nature of Scotland Award for their dedication to protecting the natural world. Last year’s winners included a project to tackle plastic pollution in oceans, pioneering work to benefit birds of prey, and Scotland’s first ever snorkel trail.
This year’s awards are open for entries until Monday 11th June with the shortlist to be revealed in September at a Scottish Parliament reception.
Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, is encouraging everyone involved in helping Scotland’s wildlife and habitats to put themselves forward for an award:
“I’m always inspired by the people, projects and organisations working hard to protect Scotland’s precious natural heritage and the awards provide the ideal platform to celebrate their achievements.
“Help us make this year the biggest and best yet by submitting an application or nominating your conservation heroes. Good luck!”
Scottish Natural Heritage is the headline sponsor for this year’s awards and Francesca Osowska, its Chief Executive, is on the panel of judges.
Francesca said: “The Nature of Scotland Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work people across Scotland are doing to promote and protect our unique wildlife and stunning landscapes.
“I’m delighted to be involved, and to get the chance to see the many ways people and communities are working together to conserve our natural heritage now, and for the future. We should all be proud of their achievements.”
The awards are also sponsored by GreenPower, The James Hutton Institute, ScottishPower, The Ardmore, and Turcan Connell.