Nature of Scotland Awards launched by RSPB
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RSPB Scotland has launched its 10th anniversary Nature of Scotland Awards, marking a decade of celebrating Scotland’s nature champions.
Co-sponsored by NatureScot, the accolades honour individuals and organisations making a difference in their local communities, businesses, and schools to support Scotland’s wildlife and special places.
It is free to enter, and applications are now being welcomed for the 2021 awards, which feature 10 categories, including two new additions.
The first is the Health and Wellbeing Award, which recognises those who encourage people to engage with nature to support their mental and physical health.
There will also be a special 10th anniversary accolade for Nature Champion of the Decade, which will be decided by a public vote this autumn.
The award ceremony will take place on November 17, with the shortlist of finalists being revealed in early September.
Among the winners in 2020 was Aberdeen City Council project Working Wetlands, Working with Wildlife and Nature, which saw the council manage surface water in a more sustainable way.
This benefits the natural environment, but has also developed areas for the public to enjoy, especially during the pandemic.
Since winning the award, the project has been added to the council’s Climate Change Plan, and will be a key part of its journey towards achieving net zero.
Director of RSPB Scotland Anne McCall said: “Over the last 10 years we’ve celebrated some truly inspiring people and projects through the Nature of Scotland Awards, and I can’t wait to read this year’s applications.
"If you know a nature hero or conservation champion who’s done something amazing for Scotland, be sure to nominate them for these very special awards.
"You can also apply for your own project; we want to hear about the positive work you’re doing for nature.
“As head judge I’m particularly looking forward to hearing more about the powerful role nature plays in supporting our health and wellbeing through our brand new category.
"We all have a part to play in protecting Scotland’s wildlife, and each year I am so impressed by the businesses, community groups and individuals going above and beyond for nature.
"This is a big year for nature in Scotland, so it is important we celebrate your conservation successes.”
Applications for the Nature of Scotland Awards are now open until June 14. Any work which has taken place in the last three years will be eligible.
For more information on categories and to access the digital application form, visit www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/at-home-and-abroad/scotland/nature-of-scotland-awards