THE RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards 2021 have been announced – and there are two new categories to enter.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the awards seek to recognise the best in Scottish nature conservation by honouring individuals and organisations making a difference in their local communities, businesses and schools.

The 2021 awards will feature 10 categories, two of which are new. The first is the Health and Wellbeing Award, which recognises those who encourage us to engage with nature to support our mental and physical health, and a special 10th anniversary accolade for Nature Champion of the Decade, which will be decided by a public vote.

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Anne McCall, director of RSPB Scotland, 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 your project is 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.”

The award ceremony will take place on 17 November, with the shortlist of finalists being revealed in early September.

Applications are open until the 14 June, and any work which has taken place in the last three years will be eligible.

Full list of categories:

  • Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Coasts and Waters Award  
  • Business Award  
  • Youth and Education Award  
  • Forest and Woodland Award  
  • Community Initiative Award  
  • Innovation Award  
  • Nature and Climate Action
  • Food and Farming Award

For more information on categories and to access the digital application form, please click here.

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