The shortlist for RSPB Scotland’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards has been announced and a local scheme has made the grade.

The Arran Trust, which has been nominated for a Business Award, was established in 2010, and is a visitor gifting scheme which funds projects looking after the beautiful landscape and environment of Arran.

The Trust works alongside community groups and businesses to improve sustainable practice and safeguard the future of the island.

The shortlist was announced at a special reception held at the Scottish Parliament on September 12.

This is the seventh year of the awards which recognise and celebrate those people and projects who passionately work towards excellence and innovation in Scottish conservation. Over 50 people, projects, or organisations have been recognised since the first awards in 2012.

A black-tie presentation dinner to announce the winners will take place on the November 22

Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “One of the highlights of my job as Director of RSPB Scotland and chair of the judging panel for the Nature of Scotland Awards is to be given the opportunity to sit down and read all the applications.

“Each year as we get more, it becomes a bigger job but one I love as I learn about the inspiring projects and people working hard to conserve Scotland’s important habitats and wildlife. My fellow judges and I would like to thank those of you who took the time to submit an application and we look forward to meeting and celebrating with you and others from the conservation community at the presentation dinner in November.”

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