Our History

1987

Scottish Wildlife & Countryside Link is established as the forum for voluntary environmental organisations, aiming to maintain close contact between them, improve communication between them and government bodies and the media, and to gain a higher profile for the environment in Scotland. 

1988

Early working groups on Fishfarming and Forestry generate fresh thinking on more sustainable approaches for these industries.

1988-1992

LINK work continues across a number of working groups

1991

Link publishes ‘State of the Scottish Environment’, a pioneering environment report laying the groundwork for subsequent environmental reports.

1992

Twenty member organisations come together as the Link Quarry Group to fight a proposed superquarry on Harris, a successful campaign lasting eight years.  ‘The Battle for Roineabhal,’ published 2006, reflects on it and the lessons for Scotland’s planning system.

1997-1999

LINK supports Scottish Devolution on environmental grounds, appoints a Parliamentary Officer, and changes name to Scottish Environment LINK

2000

LINK contributed strongly to Scotland’s world leading environmental laws. In 2011 ‘Scotland’s Environmental Laws – from Rhetoric to Reality’ is published, assessing how well they were implemented. 

2005

LINK holds the first Scottish Environment Week in the Scottish Parliament to showcase and celebrate the sector’s contribution to social and economic life.

2007

A Strong Coherent Voice’, reflections on the first twenty years of LINK is published.

2014

Members of the Scottish Parliament respond enthusiastically to our invitation to become Species Champions for endangered and iconic Scottish species.

2017

LINK hosts the European Environmental Bureau conference in Edinburgh where Scottish Government affirms commitment to not rolling back on EU environmental protections. LINK celebrates 30 years with a short video watch it here.

2018

The LINK wide campaign Fight for Scotland’s Nature is launched. Over 22,000 people respond to Scottish Government’s consultation in support of a Scottish Environment Act to protect nature. 

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