The Scottish Wildlife Trust advocates for positive change by setting out clear policies on key issues and responding to consultations and planning applications where necessary.

We promote wildlife-friendly policies, including:

  • Helping wildlife thrive across whole landscapes and not just in small, protected ‘ghettos’
  • Encouraging the people of Scotland to get out and enjoy a thriving natural environment
  • Ensuring agriculture and forestry practices enhance rather than damage the environment
  • Protect wildlife and habitats from damage caused by poor planning decisions
  • Legislation which affords better protection for our damaged marine environment
  • Promoting nature in towns and cities as well as in the wider countryside

A full list of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s policies and responses to consultations can be found below.

Click here to read our series of Nature in Brief publications which give a top-level overview of some of Scotland’s key ecological issues.

Additional Trust publications can be found by visiting our Publications page.

Living Cities: towards ecological urbanism

The newest edition in our Policy Futures series, Living Cities outlines some key principles of ecological urbanism and suggests some practical recommendations of how nature can be embedded into the urban environment.











  • Response to proposed Sound of Barra Special Area of Conservation – December 2011
  • Response to Scottish Spending Review 2011 & Draft Budget 2012/13 – October 2011
  • Interim sustainability appraisal and SEA on Scotland’s National Marine Plan – June 2011
  • Pre-consultation draft on Scotland’s National Marine Plan – June 2011
  • Response to amendments to the modernised planning system – January 2011


  • Response to draft land use strategy – getting the best from our land – December 2010
  • Response to Resourcing a High Quality Planning System consultation – October 2010
  • Response to the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill consultation – September 2010
  • Response to prospectus, vision and work plan for CSGN – July 2010
  • Response of NGOs to draft report on the future of the CAP after 2013 – April 2010
  • Response to N Ayrshire Council’s Local Development Plan – Main Issues Report – March 2010
  • Falls of Clyde Management Plan summary consultation document – March 2010
  • Response to draft report on AA of Pentland Firth strategic area leasing round – January 2010
  • Response to IUCN’s ‘A New Vision for Biodiversity Conservation’ – January 2010


  • Comments with WDCS on Habitats Regulations Assessment of Round 3 plan – December 2009
  • Response to N Lanarkshire Council’s Community Growth Areas statement – November 2009
  • Response to Scottish Planning Policy – November 2009
  • Response to inquiry into future support for agriculture in Scotland – October 2009
  • Response to UK Forestry Standard and Forests and Biodiversity Guidelines – October 2009
  • Response to options for a new vision for biodiversity – July 2009
  • Response to planning policy – April 2009
  • Response to National Planning Framework 2 – January 2009
  • Response to forestry provisions in the Climate Change Bill – January 2009


  • Response of NGOs to second consultation on Environmental Liability Directive – August 2008
  • Response to soils framework – June 2008
  • Response to consultation on Climate Change Bill Scotland – June 2008
  • Response to National Planning Framework 2 – April 2008
  • Response with LINK to consultation on significant water management issues – April 2008
  • Response to consultation on future of flood risk management in Scotland – April 2008


  • Response to EU Climate Change Adaptation Green Paper 2007

Policy Futures 1: Living Landscapes

Working towards ecosystem-based conservation in Scotland

Policy Futures 2: Living Seas

Towards sustainable marine renewable energy in Scotland

Policy Futures 3: Climate Connections

Towards low carbon, high biodiversity economies in Scotland

Policy Futures 4: Living Cities

Towards ecological urbanism

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