Fulmars Fulmarus glacialis, in flight and the rising moon, Ramsey Island RSPB reserve, Wales

2014 winners and shortlist

Congratulations to our 2014 finalists and winners!

Our 2014 awards

Thank you to everyone who entered the awards in their third year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our entrants, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who facilitated and encouraged the third annual Nature of Scotland Awards. It was with your support that the event was such a great success!

There were a total of 35 finalists across eight categories. Just under 300 guests attended the Awards presentation dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in November 2014.

Details of the award winners and highly-commended entries can be found below.

COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust, Nature of Scotland awards

Our winners

Marine Conservation Award

  • Winner: COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) is recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations. They promote sustainable marine management, deliver education programmes and maintain strong links with universities to ensure independent scientific research. COAST was responsible for the designation of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in 2008 and the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in July 2014. Find out more about COAST.

Sustainable Development Award

  • Winner: SNH's guidance on the development of renewable energy

SNH has been developing guidance on minimising the impacts on the natural heritage from renewable energy deployment for almost 15 years. Its aim is for the deployment of the right technology in the right place. Find out more about Renewable energy.

Community Initiative Award

  • Winner: Volunteer River Regeneration Project

In 2010 a group of volunteers set out to regenerate a river. They consulted with 16 communities, created an action plan and turned the aspirations of local people into actions. With paths, bridges and enhancement works the river is now a vital part of the Central Scotland Green Network. Find out more about Communities Along the Carron Association

  • Highly Commended: Portlethen Community Woodland

Working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the Forestry Commission, local schools, and community, the Portlethen Moss Conservation Group has successfully in the design and creation of a community native woodland. It including hedgerows, wildflowers, all ability paths, outdoor classroom, seating, interpretation and natural play equipment – from what was previously a disused agricultural field. Find out more about The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group.

Politician of the Year Award

  • Winner: Claudia Beamish MSP

Claudia Beamish is a Scottish Labour MSP for the region of South Scotland and is Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. She also sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. Find out more about Claudia Beamish.

Innovation Award

  • Winner: Native Woodland Survey of Scotland

The Native Woodland Survey of Scotland is the first robust and reliable digital map of Scotland’s existing native woodland resource. The dataset, which took seven years of fieldwork to create, is free to download and use, and supports the conservation and management of our iconic native woods. Find out more about Native Woodland Survey of Scotland.

  • Highly Commended - Flip Flap Netting Grid

The flip flap trawl was devised by Gamrie Trawls so that multi species trawl fisheries could be accessed while reducing the catches of cod in particular This selectivity device has achieved its aim of realising profitable fisheries while at the same time satisfying its intended conservation goals. Find out more about The James Hutton Institute.

  • Highly Commended: Scottish Environment LINK Species Champion

Scotland has many threatened species living in some of the world’s most iconic habitats. The initiative invites MSPs to lend their political support to the protection of Scotland’s wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. After one year 69 MSPs (out of 129) have signed up representing 85 unique species and this is just the beginning. Find out more about Species Champions.

Youth and Education Award

  • Winner: The Green Team

The Green Team is an environmental organisation based in the Lothians working with young people from all walks of life to restore and conserve wild places as an important part of learning about the natural heritage of Scotland. Since its inception in 1995, nearly 4,000 young people have worked with us to improve the environment for wildlife and people through conservation. Find out more about The Green Team.

  • Runner up - Lie of the Land

Two National Scenic Areas, three days in May, four Secondary Schools and nineteen young people: Lie of the Land is an educational residential event where students engaged with nature, each other and a host of experts to gain new insights into the natural world and their relationship with it. Find out more about The University of Edinburgh.

Oustanding Contribution Award

  • Professor Paul Thompson

Professor Paul Thompson’s contribution into the understanding of how natural and anthropogenic environmental variations influence the behaviour, physiology and dynamics of marine mammal populations is of unquestionable value. Paul has developed research to increase our knowledge and understanding of marine top predators assisting in the conservation and management goals in Scotland. Find out more about Scottish Natural Heritage.

  • Highly Commended: SOS Puffin – John Hunt

Important puffin populations on Craigleith and Fidra have been drastically reduced by invasive tree mallow. Since 2007 conservationist John Hunt has led a remarkable volunteer project, SOS Puffin, in conjunction with the Scottish Seabird Centre, to control the tree mallow. This has involved 950 people and puffin numbers are increasing as a result. Find out more about SOS Puffin.

RSPB Species Champion Award

  • Joint winner: The Return of Aberdeen's Red Squirrels

Aberdeen City Council has been working in partnership with the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel Project and other land owners to eradicate grey squirrels from Aberdeen and surrounding areas whilst managing existing, and creating new woodlands to successfully allow the native red squirrels to re-establish. Aberdeen’s grey squirrels are geographically isolated from the rest of the UK population. Find out more about Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel

  • Joint winner: Mollusc of the Glen

‘Mollusc of the Glen’ is a voluntary initiative to conserve the globally endangered freshwater pearl mussel in Scotland. The work focuses on undertaking and publishing important scientific research, raising awareness of the key threats and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to protect and conserve this fantastic species. Find out more about Mollusc of the Glen.

RSPB Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner: Mr Laurie Campbell

Laurie Campbell is Scotland's best known nature photographer whose work has been celebrated throughout the UK and internationally. His work, over 40 years, has brought him 23 awards including BBC Wildlife's Photographer of the Year Competition. He is, of course, also a consummate field naturalist interested in everything that lives and moves in our countryside.

"Laurie has the patience of a rock, the dedication of a monk, the field skills of a Red Indian and the technical savvy of a magician. He is quite simply the best wildlife photographer I could ever hope to work with." - Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE, Nature writer and naturalist. Find out more about Laurie Campbell.

Our shortlist

The judges reached their final decision, and below is the shortlist for the third annual Nature of Scotland Awards.

The shortlist represents a cross section of businesses, charities, the public sector and individuals working toward conserving the country’s unique wildlife and natural environment.

Marine Conservation Award

  • COAST – Community Of Arran Seabed Trust 
  • Flip Flap Netting Grid
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Heriot-Watt Scientific Dive Team - Scottish Biogenic Reef Research
  • The Restoration and Sustainable Management of the Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery 

Sustainable Development Award

  • Carse of Stirling Ecosystems Approach Demonstration Project
  • Glenlivet Mountain Bike Centre
  • Moray Offshore Renewables
  • Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group
  • SNH guidance on the development of renewable energy
  • Volunteer River Regeneration Project

Politician of the Year Award

  • Claire Baker MSP
  • Claudia Beamish MSP
  • Mary Scanlon MSP
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP
  • Willie Rennie MSP

Innovation Award

  • Flip Flap Netting Grid
  • Larbert Woods Hospital Grounds Greenspace Project – Forth Valley Royal Hospital
  • Species Champion – Scottish Environment LINK
  • Mull Eagle Watch
  • Native Woodland Survey of Scotland

Outstanding Contribution Award

  • Professor Paul Thompson
  • SOS Puffin – John Hunt

RSPB Species Champion Award

  • Cairngorms Rare Plants Project
  • Glen Dochart Waders Project
  • Mollusc of the Glen
  • The Return of Aberdeen’s Red Squirrels

Community Initiative

  • Portlethen Community Woodland
  • The Green Team
  • Volunteer River Regeneration Project
  • Woodside Wildlife Garden
  • Youth and Education
  • John Muir Trust – Celebrating Muir
  • Lie of the Land
  • The Green Team
  • Portlethen Community Woodland