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SSACN shortlisted for RSPB Award

rspblogoSome really terrific news  – SSACN have been selected as finalists in 3 categories for this year’s RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards.

Winners across the eight categories will be announced at an award ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh on 30 October this year, but irrespective of whether we make the final cut, just to be nominated, especially in 3 categories (see below) is recognition of the value of all the hard work and commitment of the Management Team, contributors, supporters and volunteers.

Ian Jardine, Chief Executive of SNH said: “Scotland’s natural environment is the country’s greatest asset. It is crucial to our personal health and well-being, our social interactions and of course to the economy” – as sea anglers, this is something we are well aware of, sea angling makes:

  • Delivers around £141 million/yr to the economy and supports 3,150 Full Time Job Equivalents (FTEs).
  • A significant and direct contribution to 4 of the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives – Wealthier and fairer, Smarter, Healthier and Greener.
  • And to their National Outcome #12: “we value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations”.

Preserving the diversity and stocks of near-shore fish species is not only key to a healthy marine environment but is essential if those social and economic contributions are to continue.

The finalists were announced at an event hosted by Claire Baker MSP and sponsored by The Crown Estate. The shortlist represents a cross section of businesses, charities, the public sector and individuals working toward conserving the country’s unique wildlife and natural environment.

According to Stuart Housden, Chair of the Judging Panel and Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “We had high hopes that the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland would allow us to recognise and reward some truly inspirational projects, and we were not disappointed. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of entries. We applaud all our entrants for their commitment and efforts to conserve and protect species and habitats throughout Scotland. My fellow judges and I are very much looking forward to meeting all the shortlisted nominees at the award ceremony later this year.”

Renowned conservationist nature writer Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE, added: “The standard of entrants and projects was a sparkling example of what is really happening on the ground all over Scotland. Congratulations to all those short-listed. These splendid efforts confirm to me that nature conservation among the wider community is alive and kicking and that people really do care.”

The judging panel is completed by Euan McIlwraith, presenter on BBC TV Scotland’s Landward, The Adventure Show, and BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programmes, and Sophie Stafford, Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine.


Marine Award:

·         Guy and Juliet Grieve, The Ethical Shellfish Company, Mull

·         Nick Riddiford, Fair Isle Marine Environment & Tourism Initiative

·         Silurian – The Floating Classroom

·         Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN)

·         The Restoration of the Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery

Outstanding Contribution to Nature Conservation:

·         Ian Burrett – co-founding member of the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN)

·         Alan Watson Featherstone – founder of the Trees for Life charity, restoring the Caledonian Forest

·         Marco McGinty – played a key role in the Stop Hunterston coal-fired power station campaign

·         Calum Duncan- Marine Conservation Society Scotland Programme Manager

RSPB Species Champion Award:

·         Clive Craik – Saving West of Scotland Common Terns/ The South Shian Tern Rafts

·         John Moir – Farming for Food & Corn Buntings

·         Angus MacIver – Bean geese at Slamannan

·       Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN)

·         Cairngorms Wildcat Project

For further information about the Nature of Scotland Awards and the shortlisted groups in the other 5 categories visit: http://www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland

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