Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will rebrand to 'NatureScot' next year.

The national nature agency will rebrand on 1 May 2020, in plans to adapt the organisation to meet current environmental challenges.

NatureScot will continue to prioritise restoring and enriching our biodiversity with an ambitious programme of activity including:

Living Seas - multi-purpose vessel
Name of organisation/business: 
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Total project costs: £26,922.63; FLAG funding: £15,126.07

The date for the next Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) Project Assessment Committee (PAC) has been set for Tuesday 4 February 2020.

If you are interested in applying you should visit the Rural Payments and Services website for full information including the latest guidance to be followed when applying. The KTIF scheme is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme. 

The Scottish Farm Land Trust are running a crowdfunding campaign to employ a development worker.

The Scottish Farm Land Trust aims to increase access to land for small-scale, ecological agriculture. They'll do this by acquiring land to be held in trust and rented fairly to new entrants and young people.

Their crowdfunding campaign aims to raise £10,000 to employ a development worker to progress this idea. At the moment the Scottish Farm Land Trust is entirely volunteer-run. 

Are you in a position to make environmental change at a landscape scale?

Soil Association Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates are looking for ambitious and forward-looking land managers to apply to their new Landscape Leadership programme, where you will develop the skills needed to make change happen.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced £20,000 of funding for projects to engage young people with nature.

The Future Routes Fund aims to help young people aged 11-26 to improve their local environment, increase their knowledge and understanding of Scottish biodiversity and provide more opportunities to connect with nature.

The Woodland Trust is encouraging people to take part in the UK's largest mass tree planting campaign. 

The Big Climate Fightback campaign aims to get more than a million people to pledge to plant a tree in the run up to a day of mass planting across the UK on 30 November.

Darren Moorcroft, chief executive at the Woodland Trust said:

The first ever National Islands Plan for Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament for consideration.

The proposed National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for Scotland's island communities.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has annouced that an additional 20,000 trees will be planted in and around Beinn Eighe next year.

The commitment was made at the start of Scotland's Climate Week and is part of work to expand native woodlands on some of the country's National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

Scotland’s Climate Week is 7th-13th October. We'll be taking part by highlighting some of the work that's being done in rural Scotland to help tackle climate change.

Scotland's Climate Week provides organisations with the opportunity to celebrate and showcase what they’re doing already to tackle the climate emergency and to step up and start doing more to save our world.