THERE is just a week to go until the deadline for nominations for the new Nature of Scotland Awards, run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland.
And South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse is encouraging groups and individuals in the Borders to submit entries by August 26.
The awards will recognise the best in Scotland’s nature conservation across the following categories: marine conservation; sustainable development; innovation; and outstanding contribution.
There will also be acknowledgment of the politician of the year and the RSPB species championship.
Anyone can enter the awards, as long as they or the project they are working on is linked to Scotland.
It is free to enter and entries are welcome from projects or individuals that have been active in the last three years.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “There are so many outstanding contributions to nature conservation in the Borders and I hope people take this opportunity to nominate those they think deserve recognition.
“This conservation work is so important to our surroundings and is carried out by organisations and volunteers who are passionate about the preservation of Scotland’s varied biodiversity and who often use innovative measures to carry out their work.
“I wish all projects and individuals from the Borders being nominated the best of luck and I look forward to hearing about the winners in due course,” added Mr Wheelhouse.
For more information on the awards, visit www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland.