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.

Happening Now: 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 30 members who can all 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

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 

NEW: LINK Rolling Manifesto Refreshed

The LINK Rolling Manifesto is structured following the style of the manifestos produced by the political parties and is there to help guide and influence the parties’ understanding and application of environmental issues and concerns across all sections of their manifestos. We have just completed a refresh of our own Rolling Manifesto in time for the European Electrions and invite all to view it here.

Species Champions

WaxcapMembers of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) can lend political support to the protection of Scotland's threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions.’

The initiative was started by Scottish Environment LINK’s wildlife forum in January 2013 - the Year of Natural Scotland - and invites all MSPs to choose from a list of 93 species that are currently facing significant threats to their future – and then champion their survival.

View our video on Species Champions: