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By Fiona Reid
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Champion role for Emma

A SOUTH Scotland MSP has been nominated as a nature champion for two local native species.

In attendance at Scottish Environment LINK’s Nature Champions initiative launch last week, Emma Harper was selected to raise awareness of, and promote action to protect, Natterjack Toads and Native Oysters — which are both uniqe to the region.

There are currently 105 MSP champions, with 80 per cent of the Chamber representing species.

Emma Harper said: “I’m delighted to continue to support the Natterjack Toad and the native Oyster as a Nature Champion.

“Last month I highlighted this special, rare toad on Endangered Species Day by raising a motion in parliament to obtain political support for its continued protection. I have also raised a motion in parliament just last week to highlight the successful funding for Stranraer Oyster Festival which is going ahead in 2022 and has secured funding from Event Scotland through the Scottish Government as well as local authority support of £15,000.

“I am proud to represent the South Scotland region which is home to the Natterjack Toad which can be found on the Solway Coast – the only place in Scotland where you will find this species.

“The Natterjack population in the Solway Firth has seen an impressive increase in numbers thanks to the fantastic habitat management put in place at RSPB Mersehead.”

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