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First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched

Wildlife charities are urging people across the UK to help arrest the decline in numbers of one of our most loved garden animals.

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Volunteers needed to join in a national beach clean-up

Volunteers needed to join in a national beach clean-up

The Marine Conservation Society is running its 24th annual Great British beach clean-up from September 15-18, and is looking for local people to take part.

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White Letter Hairstreak.

Rare butterfly discovered in field at Paxton

More than 130 years after it was last seen in Scotland, the rare white letter hairstreak butterfly has returned, landing in Berwickshire.

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Anti-windfarm protesters at the Drone Hill turbine site, north of the proposed eight-turbine wind farm, on Coldingham Moor.

Appeal against wind farm refusal lodged

A renewable energy company is challenging a recent decision by Scottish Borders Council to reject plans for an eight-turbine wind farm near Grantshouse.

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The single use carrier bags will not be available in store after August

Tesco getting rid of single use carrier bags

Tesco has announced that single use carrier bags will no longer be available in its stores from the end of this month.

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A new 10-year plan has been launched to protect Scotland's pollinating insects.

Plan to protect pollinator population

A new strategy has been launched to protect and safeguard the future of Scotland’s indigenous bee and butterfly populations.

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The latest national survey of Scotlands population of capercaillie, the worlds largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the countrys most endangered birds. Pic credit: Dave Braddock (rspb-images.com).

National survey results fuel plans to help one of Scotland’s most iconic birds

The latest national survey of Scotland’s population of capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals – making it one of the country’s most endangered birds.

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Campaigners are calling for cameras in slaughterhouses to be required by law.

Petition calls for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses

Animal charities and political activists are petitioning the Scottish Parliament to introduce mandatory CCTV in Scotland’s 35 abattoirs.

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How many butterfly species will you spot this summer?

Paxton House to host Big Butterfly Count event

Counting butterflies is now a serious business, thanks to four poor years in a row seeing numbers of many common UK species in decline.

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The Bee Orchid which has just been found for the first time in Berwickshire.

Bee Orchids are discovered for the first time growing in Berwickshire

So often it is bad news we hear about our local wildlife, the decrease in numbers or the loss of some population or an entire species.

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Sofa so good as the social media campaign to promote this free uplift service reaches one million people

Video shows how to skip the trip to the tip

If you’ve ever struggled to get rid of an old sofa, bed or fridge freezer a new, tongue-in-cheek video showing Scots how to ‘skip the trip to the tip’ is for you.

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Poll calls to protect places like the hill Quinag in the Scottish Highlands. Pic: Kevin Lelland.

Poll calls for Scotland’s wild lands to be protected

As tourists flock to Scotland’s scenic outdoors for the summer holidays, a clear majority would be put off visits by industrial development.

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The yellow-legged tortoiseshell. Picture: SWNS

Sir David Attenborough warning of butterfly decline - and how you can help

This summer is critical for butterflies as common species have fallen into decline, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

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A gannet chick at St Abb's.

St Abb’s Head reserve welcomes first gannet chick

The St Abb’s Head national nature reserve isn’t being given the bird by northern gannets any more as a chick of the species has been sighted there for the first time.

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Berwickshire Housing Association chief executive Helen Forsyth, and BHA trustees Andrew Watson and Richard Atkins.

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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