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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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Wind turbines on Coldingham Moor

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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Traditional net fishing at the mouth of the Tweed.

Tweed netting station row

Spring salmon stocks on the River Tweed and its tributaries are being threatened by a traditional netting station at Berwick which River Tweed Commissioners believe started killing the fish last week.

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Muirburn in the Lammermuirs.

Gamekeepers keep fighting fire with fire

Ahead of the grouse season gamekeepers have been ensuring our heather-clad moorlands provide favourable habitat for ground-nesting wildlife.

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The pupils from Greenlaw Primary School who took part in the competition to design and build a nesting box.

Greenlaw pupils build bird nesting boxes

Greenlaw Primary School rose to the challenge when the pupils were asked last autumn to enter a competition to build bird nesting boxes which they could then place on Greenlawdean Farm.

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These week old leverets are being cared for by the SSPCA after being found alone in a garden in Kelso.

Baby hares rescued from danger

The Scottish SPCA is caring for four tiny leverets - who have been named John, Paul, George and Ringo - after they were found without their mother in a garden in Kelso.

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Artist's impression of the new facility at Viridor.

New facility at Dunbar remains on schedule

A significant milestone has been reached in the construction of the new waste incinerator near Dunbar, with the heart of the energy-generating technology now complete.

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Duns Park flooding.

Flooding at Duns park to be probed

At Duns Community Council’s latest meeting, the problem of repeated flooding of the park and the new path on the boardwalk was raised.

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New planning system must protect wildlife,
ministers warned

New planning system must protect wildlife, ministers warned

A root-and-branch revamp of the Scottish planning system must include safeguards to ensure the protection of wildlife.

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Of the 112 species recorded, 22 were Red Listed - the highest conservation priority species - including the Skylark.

Big Farmland Bird Count a great success

The 2017 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) has provided some fascinating results once again with farmers, gamekeepers and land managers taking part to see how their conservation efforts are paying off.

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Cameron and Stuart Haddow and Kayleigh Scott representing the cubs, beavers and rainbows, the younger members who have helped in Eyemouth

‘Toon tidy’ team aims to bring out best in Eyemouth

Eyemouth’s ‘toon tidy’ team has its 2017 monthly schedule of planting and tidying up the town set from April to September.

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Langton Edge, Duns.

Planning vision accepted

A framework for the future development of land next to Wellrig Park, west of Duns, has been accepted by Scottish Borders Council.

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Champion of Champions at 2016 Floral Gateway awards - left to ight: Coldstream, Peebles, Coldingham, Westruther

Floral Gateway competition open

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Photo by Jayne Wright.  Belhaven Bay/Beach near Dunbar.

Big beach clean-up to be held at Belhaven

Surfers Against Sewage is organising its biggest-ever Big Spring Beach Clean across the UK between April 3 and 8, including at Belhaven, near Dunbar.

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Golden eagle

Golden eagles head south

A £1.3 million grant from Heritage Lottery is going towards a south of Scotland golden eagle project to boost numbers in the region.

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SBC’s pension fund investing is criticised

SBC’s pension fund investing is criticised

Scottish Borders Council stands accused of investing in companies responsible for climate change while failing to invest in green infrastructure.

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Paul Wheelhouse, Helen Forsyth and Nicholas Gubbins at Hoprigshiels.

Wind farm will pay for new homes

Scotland’s first wind farm created to pay for affordable homes to be built was officially opened this week near Grantshouse.

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Anti-windfarm protesters at the Drone Hill turbine site on Coldingham Moor

Decision on Howpark Wind Farm delayed

A decision on planning consent for the eight-turbine Howpark Wind Farm near Grantshouse has been postponed for the impact of turbine noise to be investigated.

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