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14 Oct 2019

Trust calls for funding support for Scotland’s landscapes

A seal lies on a sandy Mingulay beach with a turquoise sea in the background.
Scotland is home to some of the UK’s most important species, but only receives a fraction of the available funding.
A new film launched last week highlights the need for funding to protect Scotland’s nature. Scottish Environment Link worked with Maramedia on the film.

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As part of Scottish Environment LINK, the National Trust for Scotland has been involved in launching a new film which highlights that just 5% of available UK charitable grants go to protect Scotland’s nature.

Scottish Environment LINK is a coalition of more than 35 Scottish conservation and environmental groups and charities, and worked with Maramedia to create the stunning film This is Scotland.

The film aims to highlight a worrying trend that was first revealed in the 2017 report ‘Where the Green Grants Went, Scotland’, which showed that only 29% of grant giving foundations operating in the UK gave grants to environmental causes in Scotland.

Although Scotland is home to 56% of the UK’s coastline, coastal and marine ecosystems in Scotland received just 3% of environmental funding. Climate and atmosphere-related work received even less: 0.4% of all environmental grants by value.

Maramedia, the company behind landmark BBC nature documentary series including Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart and Hebrides: Islands on the Edge, created the film using beautiful footage of Scotland’s wild flora and fauna.