Who we are
Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, with over 30 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
LINK's Hill Track Campaign 'Track Changes' Report
LINK's hill tracks campaign group launched its 'Track Changes' report on November 28th 2013, which 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 contruction into the planning system.
Our report gives photographic evidence of the damage caused to landscapes, wildlife and habitats across Scotland by some of these tracks, and aims to persuade the Scottish Government to remove permitted development rights from such tracks and enable proper public scrutiny of any future plans.
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
Happening Now: LINK Referendum Challenge Debate
LINK held a Referendum Challenge Debate on Wednesday 26th February 2014, where a panel answered questions of environmental concern. LINK's Referendum Challenge - our ten point vision for Scotland's future - asks the campaigns for each constitutional option how their plans will meet these aims.To see responses please click here.
Members 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: