Wildlife

The Wildlife Group works to achieve its aim to ensure Scotland’s natural heritage, on land and sea, is complete in its diversity, composed of fully functioning ecosystems and resilient to accelerated environmental change.

Group Objectives

  • Biodiversity post 2020: what we would like to see in the post 2020 target route map and actions.
  • Focus on enabling national ecological nature networks to be recognised and delivered
  • Ensuring nature’s needs are accounted for in bills and acts going through the Scottish Parliament.

 

Most recently LINK’s Wildlife group has been delighted to have assisted with the preparation of State of Nature Scotland 2019. Craig Macadam, Vice chair of LINK and report author, said: “This latest report highlights that Scottish wildlife and the abundance of different groups continues to be in decline and that there are several species at risk of extinction. It is not just our iconic species such as the wild cat that are at risk but also many of our lesser known species of wildlife. It is our diversity of wildlife that is important to ensure a healthy environment. Invertebrates provide us with a number of essential services that are ‘FREE’ and worth millions of pounds to the UK economy. For example, without the diversity of insect pollinators including bees, hoverflies, butterflies and more our soft fruit industry (strawberries and raspberries) could collapse! It is essential that we work together to ensure the long-term survival of wildlife and provide a healthy environment for them to survive and thrive in Scotland.  The report reveals that since recording began 49% of Scottish species have decreased, 28% have increased. Nature is changing rapidly, with 62% of species showing strong changes. Of the 6,413 species found in Scotland that have been assessed 11% have been classified as threatened with extinction from Scotland.

State of Nature Scotland 2019

 

 

 

Convener

Craig Macadam

Vice Co-Convener

Dr Paul Walton

Vice Co-Conveneer

Alistair Whyte

Staff Liaison

Juliet Caldwell

The Wildlife group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

The Wildlife Group also run the Species Champion Initiative, which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions.’

 

Latest News

Good news for Scotland’s biodiversity: action in the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration

17 Dec 2020

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the Statement of Intent on Biodiversity, published 14 December, which clearly recognises the importance of addressing the nature crisis at a critical point for our ecosystems.  These are encouraging steps: it is vital that the plans to address the nature crisis are matched by ambitious actions and significant investment to deliver […]

Scotland’s Nature Network

02 Dec 2020

One of the best ways to deliver transformational change is not only powerful, it can be easily delivered. A Scottish Nature Network helps focus effort and resources toward improving the ecological health of Scotland’s natural assets and helping tackle the climate and nature emergency.

Species Champions back Declaration of a Nature Emergency

27 Nov 2020

Last week, the Scottish Parliament was asked to vote on a motion, tabled by Mark Ruskell MSP, to declare a nature emergency. Disappointingly, the opportunity was missed to take this bold step, with SNP and Conservative MSPs voting instead for an amendment removing the words ‘nature emergency’ altogether and congratulating current efforts. Scotland would have […]

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