Why we rebel for wildlife

Despite Scotland’s reputation for beauty and landscape, it’s one of the most ecologically depleted countries in the world and our wildlife is in serious trouble. Here’s our quick guide to why we are rebelling for wildlife and land reform.

Collection of wildlife artwork and models

This decline has been going on for centuries, and is closely linked with the unfair and unequal distribution of land and natural resources.

We recognise that a successful approach to these complex issues cannot be imposed from above, but must involve civil society from the outset. For this reason, we call on the Scottish Government to declare an Ecological Emergency and create a Citizens Assembly to address the ecological crisis, including land reform.

#EcologicalEmergency  #StopWildlifePersecution #Ecocide #BiodiversityCrisis

Driven Grouse Moors 

#NoMoorCruelty #BanDrivenGrouseMoors #BloodOnYourHands #WildlifeJustice

Up to 260,000 wild animals are killed on Scotland’s driven grouse moors every year so that more red grouse can be shot for “sport” by the rich. Wildlife is legally and illegally trapped, shot, snared and poisoned with very little regulation or reprisal. Protected mountain hares, hen harriers, eagles and other birds of prey are persecuted on driven grouse moors.

The Revive Coalition is working for grouse moor reform in Scotland.

Data from RSPB Scotland shows that illegal persecution of birds of prey is almost exclusively linked to land managed for intensive driven grouse shooting. Since 2018, 45 satellite tagged hen harriers have disappeared on grouse moors in Scotland and England.  Read more on the Raptor Persecution Scotland website.

In the last 15 years, around 50 satellite tagged golden eagles have disappeared on grouse moors in Scotland .

Peatlands in the UK hold about 400m tonnes of carbon, double the amount of all the UK’s forests put together, and are vitally important to helping tackle climate change. The regular burning of peat on grouse moors (called muirburn) to create better conditions for grouse can severely damage the ability of peatlands to lock in carbon. The muirburn season runs from 1 October to 15 April.


#ProtectedMeansProtected  #MoveDontKill

87 Beavers (Scotland has about 450 beavers) were killed under NatureScot (SNH) licence between May and December 2019, despite the Scottish Government voting to protect them in May 2019.  SNH has trained 205 people to kill beavers. The beaver killing season opened again on 17 August 2020.  The Scottish Government does not allow beavers to be moved, despite there being plenty of suitable habitat for them in Scotland. Instead they are shot, despite being classified as an endangered species in Scotland. Scot Govt needs to urgently implement legislation to allow the translocation of beavers.

Is Scotland’s nature agency trying to re-extinct the beaver?

Join the 87Beavers Facebook group

Mountain Hares

#ProtectedMeansProtected #StopTheCulls

Up to 26,000 mountain hares are shot annually on driven grouse moors during the shooting season from August to February. In June 2020, the Scottish Government gave mountain hare protected status, but in August 2020, the killing season opened again as Scot Govt has failed to implement legislation to stop the unregulated killing of this rapidly declining native species.

Fox hunts

#BannedMeansBanned #WildlifeNotVermin

Fox hunting was banned in Scotland in 2002, but over 800 foxes are still killed in fox hunts every year. Fox hunting continues because exemption clauses in the legislation act as loopholes, allowing hunts to continue under the guise of pest control.

OneKind campaigns to ban fox hunting in Scotland.

Land reform

The Scottish Land Commission estimates that 1125 individuals – a number that includes public bodies such as Forest Scotland – own 70% of Scotland’s rural land, with 87 private owners being responsible for almost half that figure. There are around 350 sporting estates in Scotland, covering 20,000 sq km, around one-quarter of Scotland’s total land mass.  Large estates receive public subsidies and pay low taxes.

The Land Commission report from 2019 finds that concentrated land ownership is having significant impacts on communities across rural Scotland

Why more Scottish land should be owned by local communities


Mass damage and destruction of ecosystems (ECOCIDE), committed over decades and permitted by law, has led to the global climate and ecological crisis. Treaties, agreements and civil lawsuits have all failed to prevent this.

Sign the Stop Ecocide petition calling on all governments to make ecocide an international crime and protect all life on earth

The Time for Action is NOW

The UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity targets agreed on 10 years ago.

The Scottish Government supports an international agreement to ensure action is taken at all levels to protect biodiversity. The Edinburgh Declaration has been agreed between subnational, regional and local governments across the world calling on the Convention on Biodiversity to take bold action to halt biodiversity loss.

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