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Farmers can help save our wading birds

A project to improve wading bird numbers in the Borders is being funded by the Quixwood Moor wind farm operators NTR plc.

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Littoral artist Julia Barton and MSP Rachael Hamilton picked up litter off Eyemouth beach.

Beach litter is turned into art

After giving a pledge in the Scottish Parliament to see for herself the impact of plastic waste on local beaches, Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton visited Eyemouth beach.

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The Berwickshire coastline.

Warning over timber washing up on the Berwickshire coast

Members of the public are being urged not to try to salvage timber washed up along the Berwickshire coastline after a ship lost a significant amount of its load in the North Sea.

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Counting the cost the wintry weather has had on seabirds

Counting the cost the wintry weather has had on seabirds

St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve ranger Liza Cole is asking for members of the public to report any dead seabirds they find along the Berwickshire coastline.

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Tweed Forum, peatland restoration officer ''Alistair McDonaldassesses peatland conditions as part of a survey to identify areas suitable for restoration.

Tweed Forum urges local gardeners to go peat-free

As spring approaches, the Tweed Forum is encouraging gardeners and growers in the Borders and north Northumberland to give peat-based compost a miss for the sake of the environment.

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Marchmont House's entrance hall.

Best design competition

The search is on once again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.

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The Abundant Borders team get to grips with the work needed in the Hawick garden.

Abundant Borders’ network of community garden spaces

An organisation set-up last year to create a network of local food production sites is already making a difference.

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Closure of net fisheries is confimed

Closure of net fisheries is confimed

Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton has received confirmation that the UK Government intends to close all drift net salmon fisheries in 2018.

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Summer salmon catches on the Tweed now match autumn catches

Summer salmon catches on the Tweed now match autumn catches

The changes in run timing of salmon on the River Tweed are having a significant economic impact on the region’s £24 million angling industry.

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Amateur naturalists Ken Haydock and Jill Mills at Lennel where they found White-letter Hairstreak eggs were found on Wych Elm trees.

Butterfly egg detectives’ rare find

A butterfly which has been on the decline looks like it has started breeding in Scotland for the first time in 130 years.

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New wardens will tackle Borders ‘wild campers’

New wardens will tackle Borders ‘wild campers’

A clampdown on anti-social campers in one of the most picturesque areas of the Borders has been announced.

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Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

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Clean up your act, council tells Borders dog owners

Clean up your act, council tells Borders dog owners

Scottish Borders Council has admitted it is unable to win the fight against irresponsible dog owners on its own.

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Autumn fishing changes mooted

Autumn fishing changes mooted

The Tweed Foundation is currently mulling over the merits of introducing autumn catch and release rules, particularly for hen fish, on the Tweed.

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Salmon jumping in the River Tweed.

Protecting salmon in their nursery stage

Survival of young salmon (smolts) as they migrate from river to sea was the subject of an international conference in Berwick last year.

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A aerial view of Eyemouth harbour

New Eyemouth harbour bridge

Eyemouth Harbour Trust’s new year has got off to a good start, with an £84,088 grant to build a new harbour bridge.

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Jimmy Shanks of Blinkbonny Quarry near Gordon.

Blinkbonny’s extension is set in stone

Scottish Borders Council has given permission for a further extension of Blinkbonny Quarry near Kelso.

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The applicants say the lagoon will speed up slurry spreading.

Council approves controversial slurry lagoon application

A retrospective application for a slurry lagoon near Greenlaw was unanimously approved by councillors on Monday.

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Fire crew works on Church Street last year.

Eyemouth flooding solution

The flooding problems that have plagued Eyemouth’s Church Street in recent years should soon be resolved.

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