Who we are

Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, with over 35 member bodies representing a range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society.

What we do

LINK provides a forum for its member bodies facilitating and enabling informed debate, information-sharing, discussion and joint action. LINK assists communication between member bodies, government and its agencies and other sectors within civic society. Acting at local, national and international levels, LINK aims to ensure that the environment is fully recognised in the development of policy and legislation affecting Scotland.

LINK Members’ Congress 27/28 November 2014

Environmental Development: Integrating, Mainstreaming, Raising the Game.
Programme and Booking Form for the Members' Congress 2014 is here.
Venue now Perth.

Ongoing: Scottish Marine Protected Areas

Valuing the Benefits of Designating a Network of Scottish MPAs in Territorial and Offshore Waters
This independent report finds that creating a network of marine protected areas in Scotland could provide benefits of up to £10 billion. LINK Marine Taskforce have also produced a short briefing to highlight our views.

Marine Protected Areas Briefings
Scottish Environment LINK Marine Taskforce is producing a series of briefings, exploring the creation of Scotland's Marine Protected Area network. 
Briefing 1 is MPAs: an Introduction
Briefing 2 is MPAs: the selection process
Briefing 3 is MPAs: ecologically coherent networks
Briefing 4 is MPAs: the economic benefits

NEW: Species Champions Highly Commended at Nature of Scotland Awards

10410580_10154822558595268_5145560789861953950_nLINK's Species Champion initiative was Highly Commended at the RSPB Scotland Nature of Scotland Awards under the category of 'Innovation Award' on November 20th 2014.  We're also delighted to hear that Claudia Beamish MSP who is the Species Champion for the Sea Trout and Forester Moth won Politician of the Year Award. The awards were an excellent recognition and celebration of all the hard work done by those who care about the environment, especially all the amazing volunteers! Here our Advocacy Officer, Rea Cris along with another Species Champion Rob Gibson MSP for the Rusty Bog Moss, show off our award.


LINK's Species Champion initiative which asks MSPs to lend their political support to the protection of Scotland's threatened wildlife now has 69 MSPs championing 87 unique species.

Recent Publications: Hill Tracks Campaign

hill tracksLINK's Hill Track Campaign 'Track Changes' Report and response to Scottish Land and Estate's criticisms

LINK's hill tracks campaign group calls on the Scottish Government to bring to an end the current unregulated system for vehicular track construction which allows landowners to build tracks without any public oversight, and instead to bring their construction into the planning system. more information