Ten amazing wins for nature at RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards

18 November 2022

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Ten fantastic people, projects and initiative have been recognised as champions at RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards 2022.

Co-sponsored by NatureScot, the awards took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) last night (November 17) and were hosted by wildlife presenter Iolo Williams and radio and tv presenter Arlene Stuart.

The ceremony recognised the individuals and organisations making a difference in their local communities, businesses and schools to support Scotland’s wildlife and special places for nature.

Categories included Nature and Climate Action, Health and Wellbeing and Business for Nature. Winners and Highly Commended projects were chosen by an expert panel of judges.

Following the success of the public vote for Nature Champion of the Decade in 2021, those with an interest in nature were invited to vote for this year’s Citizen Science Award, which was given to the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Nature of Scotland Awards.

“The time, energy and hard work you put into your projects is testament to Scotland’s passion for our wildlife and natural heritage, and our desire to preserve it. Now, more than ever, we all must do our bit to look after the nature that makes Scotland so special, and to ensure the legislations which protect our treasured species and landscapes are as strong as they can be. If we keep having to fight to defend what we already have, we’ll never make any progress.

“Thank you to everyone who entered, and keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see what you have achieved by next year’s Awards!”

 Mike Cantlay, Chair of awards co-sponsor NatureScot, said:

“Communities, organisations and individuals have the power to inspire and mobilise us towards our shared goal of a nature-rich, net zero Scotland, and this year’s Nature of Scotland award winners are the perfect example of that. Across education, science, business, health and group projects, these outstanding winners show that Scotland is aiming high to protect its unique habitats and species as we tackle the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.”

Find a full list of the shortlist and winners here.