Special reception held at Scottish Parliament
Mapping discarded plastic bottles using a hashtag, envisioning a diet based on climate, and creating a pollinator pathway for bees and butterflies are some of the projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.
The shortlist was announced at a special reception held at the Scottish Parliament on 12th September.
It is the seventh year of the awards which recognise and celebrate those people and projects who passionately work towards excellence and innovation in Scottish conservation. Over 50 people, projects, or organisations have been recognised with a Nature of Scotland Award since the first awards in 2012.
This year there were a record number of nominations across nine categories including Community Initiative, Innovation, and the new RSPB Young Nature Champion Award in celebration of the Year of Young People 2018.
The Young Nature Champions shortlisted show a broad range of passions and interests having undertaken work including volunteering with the Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project, promoting wildlife conservation of typically less charismatic creatures, making several regional micro-moth discoveries, promoting wildlife and conservation as a ranger, and supporting a network of volunteers for a marine biodiversity project.
A black-tie presentation dinner to announce the winners will take place on the 22nd of November with hosts Kate Humble, TV presenter, writer and naturalist, and Euan McIlwraith, TV and radio presenter, and wildlife expert.
The judging panel for this year’s awards includes Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, Euan McIlwraith, TV and radio presenter and wildlife expert, Francesca Osowska OBE, CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage, Vince McKeown, SCDI’s Director of Commercial Operations, and Susan Davies, Director of Conservation at the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland said "One of the highlights of my job as Director of RSPB Scotland and chair of the judging panel for the Nature of Scotland Awards is this opportunity to sit down and read all the applications. Each year as we receive more, it becomes a bigger job but one I love as I learn about the inspiring projects and people working hard to conserve Scotland's important habitats and wildlife. My fellow judges and I would like to thank those of you who took the time to submit an application and we look forward to meeting and celebrating with you and others from the conservation community at the presentation dinner in November."
Francesca Osowska, CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage said: “It’s been an honour to be a part of this year’s Nature of Scotland Awards judging panel. Narrowing it down to a shortlist was very difficult – it was inspiring to hear about the ways people and communities are working together to conserve our natural heritage. The high quality of submissions is a true testament to the passion people across Scotland feel about protecting our unique wildlife and stunning landscapes.”
This year’s award sponsors are Scottish Natural Heritage, Greenpower, The James Hutton Institute, Balfour Beatty, Scottish Water, ScottishPower, The Ardmore, National Trust for Scotland, and Turcan Connell.
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