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Extra 11 turbines at Crystal Rig wind farm

The number of wind turbines at the Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs could break the 100 barrier if the latest planning application is approved.

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An Eider Duck due for release, back to the wild, from the Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust. One of the beneficiaries

Marine Conservation Zone

Consultations opened last week about creating a Marine Conservation Zone from Berwick down the Northumberland Coast to St Mary’s Island.

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

Salmon fishing on the Tweed

Fresh concerns have been raised about the potential loss of net salmon fishing on the River Tweed at Berwick.

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Chain Bridge (Union Chain Suspension Bridge) spanning the Tweed, and the border between England and Scotland at Horncliffe

Start to Chain Bridge work delayed

A two-month delay in getting permission to start work on a management and maintenance plan for the Union Chain Bridge could prove costly.

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Eyemouth seagull eggs will not be oiled

Eyemouth seagull eggs will not be oiled

Eyemouth Community Council’s chairman James Anderson has hit out at Scottish Borders Council’s decision to take no action to control the town’s seagull population.

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The The Fishermen Three Wind Farm has generated over 24 million units of electricity in its first year of operation.

BHA’s wind farm exceeds expectations

Berwickshire’s innovative and award-winning wind farm, The Fishermen Three, has exceeded all expectations in its first year of operation.

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Dog owners’ Alabama rot warning

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from our rivers and muddy areas - the first case of Alabama rot having been confirmed in the Borders.

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Tweed Forum River Champion 2017 was ''Galashiels farmer Jim Sinclair.

Nominations for Tweed Forum 2018 river champion are open

The search is on in the Borders and north Northumberland for the Tweed Forum’s 2018 River Champion.

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For  information about the walks go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/leisure/like-to  or pick up a leaflet atcCouncil facilities or visit the council's Sport and Leisure Facebook or Twitter Pages.

Walking weekend offers fairy walks and power striding

South Ayrshire Walking Weekend takes place from May 18-20and is an ideal opportunity to experience the best of South Ayrshire through a series of guided walks.

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James Anderson, Eyemouth

SBC faces grass root revolt

A new grass-cutting regime has been introduced by Scottish Borders Council and as communities become aware of it there are rumblings of discontent across the region.

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Farne represents UK at European Awards

Farne represents UK at European Awards

Duns-based Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd will be one of 11 companies representing the UK at the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment.

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Colin Smyth

Wildlife Crime Unit pilot

A South of Scotland MSP has accused the Scottish Government of breaking a manifesto promise to set up a dedicated wildlife crime unit for Scotland.

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Practice sessions use a  life sized (and weight) whale.

How to rescue sea animals

If you’ve ever wondered how to rescue a whale, dolphin or a seal, now’s your chance to find out.

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Howpark wind farm appeal is successful

Howpark wind farm appeal is successful

An eight turbine wind farm has finally received planning permission after a Scottish Government reporter overturned a decision by Scottish Borders Council to refuse consent for the development

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Numbers of wading birds such as  lapwing have declined significantly, due in part to a reduction in suitable feeding and nesting habitat.

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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