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.


LINK’s Wildlife group was delighted to assist with the preparation of  the 2023 State of Nature: Scotland report.

State of Nature Scotland 2023


Alistair Whyte

Vice Convener

Dr Paul Walton

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 Nature Champion Initiative, which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife and habitats by becoming ‘Nature Champions.’

Latest News


Welcoming the Wildlife Management and Muirburn Bill

25 Mar 2024

Duncan Orr-Ewing is Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB Scotland, and a member of the Scottish Leadership Team of RSPB Scotland. He has been involved in game and upland management policy issues since the early 2000s. He manages the RSPB’s UK Investigations Team which works with the Police and other enforcement agencies to […]


Public squirrel sightings soar in 2023

05 Dec 2023

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has released the results of its fifth annual Great Scottish Squirrel Survey, revealing that 2023 public participation was the second highest since its inception, beating all previous years, bar the record-breaking pandemic lockdown year of 2020.  According to the survey, which was conducted between the 2nd and 8th of October and […]


Scotland’s Natural Environment Bill could be nature’s lifeline

05 Oct 2023

By Deborah Long, Chief Officer at Scottish Environment LINK Scotland is renowned across the world for its landscapes, seas and wildlife. Despite that reputation, we are 28th from the bottom of countries in terms of the health of our biodiversity, as measured by the Biodiversity Intactness Index. Scotland’s wildlife is not doing well.  If we […]

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