Scotland’s environment shares the same problems as the wider world: nature is being lost and the problem is right here on our doorstep. Our land is subjected to pressures and demands by our unsustainable activities, our seas are under constant strain from fishing, our protected habitats are encroached upon by developments.
But there are issues we face that are connected to our unique geography and landscape, like the persecution of birds of prey on upland heather moorlands managed for grouse shooting, and the degradation of the peatland that covers 20% of the country which, if restored, could be a crucial carbon store.
Our seabirds are also in trouble. They’re the most threatened group of birds globally thanks to the deadly combination of the climate crisis, overfishing draining food supplies, the death of birds as bycatch, invasive rats on island strongholds, poorly considered offshore development, and devastating avian flu.