A LEADING expert has accused two arms of the Scottish Government of permitting an act of environmental vandalism by approving the planting of 100,000 trees in the Cairngorms National Park.
HE was a conservationist who devoted his time to preserving natural environments.
THE last thing golfers want is to find themselves amongst the trees, but the two Ryder Cup captains will be hoping their names will be forever associated with woodland in the Ochil Hills.
THE Cairngorms National Park Authority has been accused of endangering one of Scotland's rarest birds by backing big housing schemes and promoting tourism.
FARMERS in an area where 20 birds of prey were found to have been killed say they want to join the hunt for those responsible before their reputation suffers any more.
ANTI-waste campaigners say that Scottish households will dump around 4,000 tons of usable food in the bin during the Easter break.
FISHERMEN in Orkney have spoken of their anger at the "unprecedented" decision for councillors to consider a plan for a controversial fish farm again, just weeks after they refused it.
A NEWLY discovered rocky planet may be the most Earth-like yet found in another solar system, scientists believe.
A FURTHER £4 million has been allocated to a scheme which helps households generate their own green energy.
SCIENTISTS have been given permission to grow genetically-modified plants which could help protect against heart disease.
THE value of fish and shellfish landed by Scottish boats has dropped by 8% to £429 million, although the quantity remained largely the same, underlining the vagaries of the market.
TWO fish farms appear to be running without planning permission because of confusion between different levels of government, it has emerged.
Conservationists are planning to accelerate the restoration of Scotland's native pinewoods, planting 100,000 trees on a nature reserve in the hope at least 40% can survive.
CLIMATE change campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to do more to reduce carbon emissions following a UN report that shows levels of greenhouse gases continue to climb.
MORE than half of the UK's onshore wind turbines are located north of the Border, it has been revealed.
BUTTERFLIES saw their fortunes improve last summer following their worst year on record in 2012 - but numbers were still below average, a UK-wide study has shown.