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Recognition for housing association’s wind farm

Berwickshire Housing Association and partners Community Energy Scotland were highly commended at the British Renewable Energy Awards in London last week.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

More flaws in waste transfer bid revealed

Hitherto-confidential documents have cast more light on the ill-fated decision by Scottish Borders Council to commission a private company to treat the region’s waste at Galashiels.

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Sheep farmers across the UK have taken part in the survey.

Dog attacks on sheep studied

Forty per cent of dog attacks on sheep are carried out by straying or unaccompanied dogs, according to results from the latest National Sheep Association (NSA) survey.

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Litter costs Scotland over �1m a year, says Zero Waste Scotland

Picking up some good tips

Did you know that 475 items of litter are dropped every minute in Scotland? Or that 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are given out in the UK every day?

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Litter costs Scotland over �1m a year, says Zero Waste Scotland

Picking up some good tips on tackling litter

Did you know that 475 items of litter are dropped every minute in Scotland? Or that 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are given out in the UK every day?

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Gardo netting station, using traditional fishing methods on the Tweed estuary

Tweed ghillies object to netting company

Over 40 River Tweed ghillies have signed a letter objecting to the early start being made by the River Tweed Wild Salmon Company at the Gardo netting station.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site, where the proposed waste transfer station would have gone.

Council considers waste options

Scottish Borders Council is still considering “all options” over its plans for a £4.8million waste transfer station (WTS) at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

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Beaches pass EU bathing water test

Berwickshire and East Lothian’s bathing beaches all passed European Environment Agency bathing water quality tests in 2016.

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Gillian Bruce (VIBES), Vitor Durao and Angus Forbes (Farne Salmon).

Farne have right VIBES when protecting the environment

Duns-based Farne Salmon and Trout has saved £375,000 per year as a direct result of improvements in its environmental measures.

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James and Angela MacLean who own Border Eggs at Hutton in the Borders . Angela set up MacLean Eggs in 2015.

Farm hoping to keep extra 32,000 chickens

Plans being drawn up for a third chicken shed at a farm near Allanton could provide a jobs boost for Berwickshire.

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Emily Iles, Tweed Forum Project Office, with a skunk cabbage.

Appeal for reporting of invasive plants

The Tweed Forum is calling for help from anglers, walkers and members of the public to spot and report invasive plant species in the Borders and north Northumberland this summer.

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A mild winter, coupled with warmer than usual spring temperatures, could lead to an increase in the number of bugs, like ants, this summer.

Homeowners warned to expect a plague of bugs this summer

Homeowners are being warned to expect a summer of bugs.

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Prevention zone is now lifted

Prevention zone is now lifted

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland has now been lifted.

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Reports have emerged that wolves may now be reintroduced ton the wild.

Rewilding of wolves plan causes concern

As reports emerge to suggest the rewilding debate is widening to include wolves, the National Sheep Association is raising serious concerns.

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Paul Lamb with Staffie Bailey.

Vet warning after two dogs die and one is left gravely ill from eating rotten food

Dog owners are being warned to be extra-cautious after two dogs died and one was left in a life-threatening condition as a result of eating rotten food.

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Sheepworrying is on the increase.

Pupils set to ‘Take the Lead’

As part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of the horror of sheep worrying by dogs, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to have teamed up with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and Farmers Guardian to take the message into UK classrooms.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Recycling levels in the Borders have dropped

Scottish Borders Council is a long way from meeting Scottish Government targets to send no more than 5% of waste to landfill by 2025.

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This is a hybrid between a Spanish stealth slug and the UKs common black slug. Pic: Leslie Noble

Hybrid ‘super-slugs’ are invading British gardens and we can’t stop them

The Daily Mail calls it a “slime wave”. The Sun calls them “an army”. Either way, both papers have reported 500 billion slugs are set to invade British gardens, after a mild winter created perfect breeding conditions.

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It is expected the wind farm plans will generate up to �1.2bn for the Scottish economy.

Council turns down Howpark wind farm application

Eastern Berwickshire is at saturation point when it comes to accommodating wind farms.

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Miss Scotland Lucy Kerr has the key to Scotland's secrets

National Trust launches major recruitment drive

Families across Scotland are being handed the key to Scotland’s treasures this summer - when they join the National Trust for Scotland.

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