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?

The Met Office issued this weather warning for Saturday

Met Office issue weather warning for weekend

Heavy rain is forecast to wipe out the sunshine tomorrow across Scotland.

A new forestry and woodland strategy has been approved for Aberdeenshire.

New forestry and woodland strategy for Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire has a new forestry and woodland strategy following consultation and input from the public, the forestry industry and public agencies.

A mild winter, coupled with warmer than usual spring temperatures, could lead to an increase in the number of bugs, like ants, this summer.

Homeowners warned to expect a plague of bugs this summer

Homeowners are being warned to expect a summer of bugs.


New park project to save rare insects

A new project is being launched in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park to save six of Scotland’s rarest invertebrates.

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.

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.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

New fisheries measures now in effect

Beginning on April 17, fishermen without a licence will be restricted to a daily limit on a number of shellfish species.

Atlantic puffin.

Iconic Scottish bird species are under threat

Two of Scotland’s most loved species, curlew and puffin, have joined the growing list of threatened bird species, according to a new report.

Free home fire safety visits can be arranged with SFRS.

North east householders urged to take up fire safety visit offer

North east communities are being reminded that their local firefighters are available to help them stay safe at home.

Pictured are Alick and David Hendry, who run Wester Manbeen dairy farm near Elgin, with consultant Aileen Buchanan.

New advisory group for north east’s organic farmers

A new discussion group for those interested in organic farming in the north east will be holding its first meeting next month.

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.

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.

The Trusts specialized research yacht Silurian with Common Dolphins.

Survey records highest number of dolphin species

Record numbers of three dolphin species off Scotland’s west coast were recorded by conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in its marine research expeditions in 2016.

Grampian volunteers at work at Crathes. Pic: National Trust for Scotland.

Grampian conservation volunteers clock up hundreds of hours for heritage

Dedicated volunteers with the National Trust for Scotland’s Grampian Conservation Volunteer Group completed more than 1,806 hours work conserving and promoting Scotland’s heritage last year, the charity has revealed.

A vacancy has opened up on the board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

Vacancy for board of national park authority

Nominations are now being sought for a by-election to appoint a new member to the board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

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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