Region’s dog wardens issue only four fines

Scottish Borders Council is not yet winning the war on tackling dog fouling according to some of the region’s Conservative politicians.

A yellow warning for snow is in place for much of Scotland

Snow warning as Storm Doris arrives

The Met Office has today (Tuesday) issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow for much of Scotland as Storm Doris bears down on the UK.

Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

The recycling centre at Eyemouth

Asbestos at Eyemouth recycling centre

Eyemouth Recycling Centre is going to have to close for three days next week after hazardous asbestos was dumped in one of the skips.

Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.


Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

The yellowhammer, one of the 130 species recorded in last year's Big Farmland Bird Count.

It’s time to count the birds

The fourth Big Farmland Bird Count is underway (February 3-12) and farmers in the Borders are being urged to take part.

Purple Milk-vetch.

An amazing sight is when flowering Thrift turns St Abbs Head pink

In last week’s article the sea birds at St Abbs Head were the main subject, and, important as they are, they are only a part of the fascinating selection of wildlife that finds a home and refuge at the Head.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Guillemots nest on wide ledges and lay their single egg on the bare rock.

On The Wildside

Liza Cole, senior Ranger at St Abbs Head nature reserve was the speaker at the January meeting of the Berwickshire Group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust in Duns.

Before the launch, MSP John Lamont visited Britains oldest food forest garden to learn about Abundant Borders.

Planting idea of healthy and nutritious food

Easier access to healthy food is the aim of the new charity Abundant Borders, officially launched in Eyemouth last week.

Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

The discovery last Friday of avian bird flu in a small backyard flock of birds in North Yorkshire means poultry are being kept locked in until at least February 28.

Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

Proposed houses for the second phase of the residential development at Acredale Road, Eyemouth.

Plans for 30 homes get go-ahead

Plans for 30 new affordable homes in Eyemouth have been given the thumbs-up.

Willow Glove fungus at Threepwood Moss.

On The Wildside

There have been some remarkable finds of plants and fungi this past year. A few of the highlights included the discovery of the Birds Nest Orchid near Ayton in early June.

Ian and wife Sylvia Gillies of Upper Burnmouth near Eyemouth.

Windows saga leaves residents in the cold

Berwickshire Housing Association has come under fire from disgruntled Burnmouth residents who claim their newly fitted windows are not up to scratch.

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