Month: July 2018

Prime Minister Announces new Environment Bill

The Prime Minister has announced that the Government will bring forward the first Environment Bill in over 20 years. This builds on the 25 Year Environment Plan, setting out what they are doing to improve the environment for the next generation. The new Bill will incorporate action on air quality into a wider Environment Bill… Read more »

Scottish Entanglement Alliance Seeks to Interview Fishermen

Fishermen are being asked to participate in short informal interviews to to capture fishermen’s knowledge and experience of entanglements. Launched in June 2018, the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) is a partnership between six organisations dedicated to promoting and protecting Scotland’s wildlife, heritage and sustainable marine industries. Initiated by the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF), SEA will… Read more »

Call for Entries to North West Awards for Coastal Excellence 2018

The North West Coastal Forum has just announced a call for entries to the North West Awards for Coastal Excellence 2018. The North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 5th North West Awards for Coastal Excellence – a biennial award scheme established in 2010. The aim of the… Read more »

SEPA Consults on Stakeholder Engagement for Third River Basin Plan

The Solway Tweed’s third river basin management plan has to be finalised by December 2021. The Statement of consultation steps document sets out what SEPA and the Environment Agency will do to engage stakeholders in the preparation of this plan. SEPA and the Environment Agency share responsibility for river basin management planning for the Solway Tweed river… Read more »

Consultation on “Sustainable fisheries for future generations”

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is inviting views on their proposals for the forthcoming Fisheries Bill and on their future vision for sustainable fisheries policy. The Fisheries White Paper sets out the scope of Defra’s proposed new approach to fisheries management. Their aim is to build a vibrant and sustainable UK… Read more »

Improving protection given to Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Area network

Marine Scotland commissioned Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to identify locations where there is a need to consider additional management for bottom contacting mobile fishing gears to ensure there is no significant impact on the national status of Priority Marine Features (PMF) within the 6 nautical mile (NM) limit. Marine Scotland and SNH identified 11 habitats… Read more »

Living Seas MCZ campaign

The North West Wildlife Trusts are calling for the government to designate a connected network of marine protected areas throughout our seas. So far, 50 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) have been designated nationally, including four special areas in the Irish Sea. The government has recently launched a public consultation on 41 proposed MCZs throughout our… Read more »


Join Coastwise on a series of FREE Guided Seashore Walks. Discover the stories behind the coastline of Dumfries and Galloway where the rugged coastline includes caves, islands and sandy beaches. A series of short guided walks to discover the meaning of place names that reveal stories of wrecks, superstitions and safe havens as well as… Read more »

Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting on a deposit return scheme for the country. More than two billion drinks are sold in Scotland in single-use containers every year, and the recycling rates for drinks containers are not as high as we would like, estimated at around 50% depending on the container. By incentivising their return to… Read more »