THE shortlist for RSPB Scotland’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards has been announced and includes three nominations from Glasgow.

Lambhill Stables and Sunnyside Primary – the Glasgow school leading the charge against plastics – have both been nominated for a Youth and Education Award, while Easterhouse Fossorial Water Vole Relocations has been nominated for a Sustainable Development Award.

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

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

This year there were a record number of nominations across nine categories including Community Initiative, Innovation, and the new RSPB Young Nature Champion Award in celebration of the Year of Young People 2018.

A black-tie presentation dinner to announce the winners will take place on November 22 with hosts Kate Humble, TV presenter, writer and naturalist, and Euan McIlwraith, TV and radio presenter, and wildlife expert.

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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