• May 28, 2018

    New proposals to lease seabed for offshore wind development

    Crown Estate Scotland has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper outlines a provisional design for a complete leasing package for projects put forward in areas identified in Marine Scotland’s forthcoming Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind. The money that Crown Estate Scotland makes from offshore renewables is passed to Scottish Government for public spending. Read more.

  • May 11, 2018

    Expert panel to help change throwaway culture

    Experts from retail, the waste and chemical industries, the public sector and academia have joined a Scottish Government panel tackling plastic pollution. Read more

  • May 1, 2018

    Cotton buds consultation

    Scottish Government has launched a consultation to gather views on the proposed legislation to add secondary legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to introduce a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland. The consultation is open until 22nd June 2018, and can be viewed here.

  • May 1, 2018

    SNH and the Sea

    The sea is the focus of SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blogs this month. Read the first one here

    Our work at sea

  • April 16, 2018

    SCRAPbook project gets underway

    We are extremely proud to launch the SCRAPbook project, with our partners Sky Watch and the Marine Conservation Society – SCRAPbook stands for Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography.

    Take a look at the launch of the SCRAPbook by Scottish Government Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham.

    This project, which was initially designed and developed for the Moray Firth,  has developed into an exciting partnership between three very different charities. The aerial photography will be undertaken by an experienced fleet of volunteer pilots and photographers who will be identifying and recording coastline affected by litter and pollution. That evidence will be mapped through an interactive web-based hub that will help direct targeted clean-up activities and litter surveys.

    We are currently running regional trials involving all local coastal partnerships around Scotland to develop our mapping capabilities and direct on ground response teams.

    The Moray coast and the Cromarty Firth have already been flown and photographed, so please do get in touch if you would like to be involved in using these images to help clean up our patch!


    For more information on SCRAPbook, please visit the website.

    If you and your friends, family, school, colleagues, community would like to organise or join a local beach clean up,  visit MCS Beachwatch webpages to find out more and get useful information and support. You can also let us know at and we’ll promote your activities through our Facebook page and local networks.

    Photograph: Sky Watch team member, Paul.

  • March 26, 2018

    New Chief Executive for Crown Estate Scotland

    Simon Hodge is leaving his position as Chief Executive for Forest Enterprise to become the new Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland. Read more.


  • March 26, 2018

    Sea Scotland Conference 2018

    The  Sea Scotland 2018 conference ‘Empowerment in marine stewardship – Emerging opportunities for citizens and communities in Scotland’ will be held in St Andrews on June 20-21. The conference will be looking at subjects such as the devolution of the Crown Estate and the opportunities offered by the Community Empowerment Act.

    See the draft programme and register here.

  • March 20, 2018

    EU fishing deal ‘far from acceptable’ to Scottish industry

    The BBC reports on the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation view that the UK government Brexit stance on fishing is “far short of an acceptable deal” and Moray MP Douglas Ross  said that it had delivered “far less than I hoped and expected”. In the meantime, the UK government has denied betraying its promise to “take back control” of the UK’s fishing waters after Brexit. Read more.

  • March 19, 2018

    Crown Estate seeks views on community management

    Crown Estate Scotland is seeking views on a proposed new scheme to enable communities and councils to to apply to manage assets that help them to deliver projects that boost local economies or the environment.  Find out about the proposed scheme here. Responses and feedback should be sent to by 16 April. The final scheme is expected to be launched June 2018.

  • February 28, 2018

    Scotland top for whale and dolphin sightings

    Scotland recorded the highest number of whales and dolphins in last year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch. The survey is held annually between July and August by the marine conservation charity, the Sea Watch Foundation. The Scottish figure of 608 sightings of marine mammals represented 43% of all the records made in 2017’s watch. Read more