Nature heroes sought for prestigious conservation awards
RSPB Scotland’s annual Nature of Scotland Awards are back and the search has begun to discover the inspirational people, projects and organisations working hard to protect Scotland’s precious natural heritage.
Celebrating excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, since the launch of the awards in 2012 almost 50 winners have been recognised for their role in conserving Scotland’s wildlife and habitats.
Entry to the awards is free and RSPB Scotland is seeking applications by the 12th June across nine diverse categories: Nature Tourism, Marine Conservation, Food and Farming, Corporate, Youth and Education, Innovation, Community Initiative, Political Advocate of the Year and RSPB Species Champion.
Open to tour companies, visitor attractions, accommodation and transport providers, wildlife guides and activities across Scotland that provide more than just a wildlife experience the Nature Tourism category was won last year by Mull Eagle Watch. This partnership project offers ranger led visits to view Scotland’s iconic white-tailed eagles – one of the most highly regarded wildlife watching experiences in the UK.
Other wildlife champions have included the creators of community biodiversity gardens, bringing inspirational green spaces to previously disused or industrial plots of land and a project to create additional habitat for marsh fritillary butterflies on farms and agricultural sites.
The Marine Conservation Award will be returning in 2017, honouring an outstanding contribution to the sustainable management or protection of Scotland’s marine species and the habitats they rely on. Awarded to the Fishing for Litter Project in 2015, a group of fishermen and harbour staff who volunteered their time to tackle the problem of marine litter, which kills thousands of seabirds, fish and mammals each year you too could be doing something amazing to protect the marine environment and we want to hear about it.
Nominate someone who’s dedicated to environmental work or submit your own project and tell us what you’re doing to protect nature! You can find out more about the awards and submit an application at www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland.
This year’s programme will be celebrated through a Shortlisting Reception in early September and at RSPB Scotland’s annual awards Presentation Dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh on 23rd November.