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.

New Release: 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 

Constituency Visits

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As part of the Scottish Environment Festival LINK held in February 2014, LINK members are offering MSPs, their families and staff the chance to discover what is going on right on their doorsteps by participating in Constituency Visits happening all across Scotland all year long.  The choice is impressive, from walking in one of Scotland's ancient woodlands, listening to the sounds of the night with a Bat Walk, delighting at the sight of a dolphin breaking the waves or getting acquainted with the weird and wonderful creepy crawlies that make Scotland's biodiversity.

LINK has over 35 members who can offer a visit to suit anyone's interest or schedule so do get in touch and check out our programme! Click here for more information.

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

Species Champions

As part of their Higher and Intermediate 2 Art and Design course, pupils from Braes High School Falkirk were asked to choose a species from the LINK Species Champion list as inspiration for their design.  Pupils then went on to research their species and produce patterned shift dress. The project aimed to raise awareness of the Species Champion campaign and to share this knowledge with the wider community through their local newspaper. The pupils also got in touch with the Species Champion MSP to let them know of their design and pupil Chloe Coyle was delighted when her Species Champion MSP for the Forester Moth, Claudia Beamish MSP liked the pattern so much she asked if she could have a scarf made from it. Chloe present Claudia the scarf at the Scottish Parliament in June 2014 and since then Claudia has been spotted wearing it while hunting for her species with Butterfly Conservation Scotland as well as the Highland Show.

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Claudia Beamish MSP and Chloe Coyle

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Chloe Coyle with the patterned scarf she designed inspired by the Forester Moth

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Claudia Bemaish MSP wearing her Forester Moth scarf with Paul Kirkland, Director of Butterfly Conservation Scotland

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.