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Let’s celebrate Scotland’s nature champions

Recognising excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in nature conservation, the ninth annual Nature of Scotland Awards co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage are open for nominations and applications until 1 June.

Entries are being sought in nine categories: Coasts and Waters, Conservation Science, Community Initiative, Forest and Woodland, Innovation, Nature and Climate Action, SNH Business, RSPB Species Champion and Youth and Education.

New this year, the Nature and Climate Action Award recognises the link between the crises facing nature and the climate and the creative Scottish nature-based solutions making a critical impact. Individuals, projects or organisations who are nominated should demonstrate the clear and definitive steps they are taking to save nature and mitigate or adapt to climate change.

In celebration of the year of Coasts and Waters 2020, we also want to recognise those helping nature to thrive in Scottish marine and freshwater habitats. Winning the award in 2019, Seasearch have carried out over 30 year of underwater citizen science, training volunteer SCUBA divers to record marine species and habitats to identify places in need of protection. Highly commended in the same year for creating a biodiversity enhancing solution to a weir blocking a river, the natural looking Howden Rock Ramp was built to enable migratory fish to “find their own way” over the former barrier which has led to additional benefits to wildlife including insects, fish, birds and mammals. Whether it’s an innovative project that has had real impact or someone who is connecting people with the aquatic world we want to hear from you.

Let’s celebrate those going above and beyond to support our precious natural heritage. Free to enter, nominate a person, project, group or business dedicated to supporting our environment or submit your own application and tell us what you’re doing to support nature!

All those who apply will be invited to attend an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 2 September where the Nature of Scotland Awards shortlist will be unveiled. The winners will then be announced at a celebratory Presentation Dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday 25 November with successfully shortlisted entrants receiving two complimentary tickets to the prestigious event.

Find out more about the awards and submit your application by 1 June by visiting rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland.

 

 

 

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