Scotland is renowned worldwide for its beautiful wild places and abundant wildlife, but the challenges involved in protecting and nurturing Scotland’s special places and iconic species are ever more pressing. Designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, the Nature of Scotland Awards will be returning for a sixth year in 2017.
If there is a project, an organisation, a charity or an individual who you believe has made a significant contribution to the care of Scotland’s Nature, this is an opportunity for them to get the recognition they deserve. There are nine categories and the winners in 2016 included Future Farming Scotland; The Real Junk Food Project; Concrete Garden – Growing Together; Mull Eagle Watch; Leith Community Crops in Pots.
The judges include Euan McIlwraith. He is one of a team of presenters on BBC Scotland's Landward programme. In addition he is one of the presenters on BBC radio Scotland's highly successful radio program Out of Doors. Both programmes cover Scotland's rural agenda as well as wildlife and the environment.
'As part of my job, I am lucky enough to get out to some of the most inspirational and beautiful places in Scotland that are brimming with wildlife. The end result is often the story, and I don't always see the months and years of toil that have taken place before my arrival to make them so healthy and pristine. It's a privilege to be part of an awards scheme that will now celebrate such enormous efforts and give those involved their due credit.'
Header picture courtesy of Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)