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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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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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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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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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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson picking up dog dirt in Melgund Place.

Hawick residents cry foul over increase in dog dirt

Questions are being asked about an increase in dog fouling in part of Hawick previously relatively untroubled by that problem.

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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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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.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson in Howegate.

Meeting planned in bid to clean up Hawick street hit by litter louts

A plea is going out for a showdown meeting in a bid to stop rubbish being dumped in Howegate in Hawick.

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Retired Anglican priest Andrew Warburton looking over towards the proposed site for a wind farm at Highlee Hill.

Plans ditched for tallest wind turbines in Borders

A bid to build a controversial wind farm near Hawick has been ditched after meeting with widespread public opposition.

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Looking down on Hawick Rugby ground, Mansfield Park from Hamilton Road.

Hawick would be given choice of being in or out of proposed national park

Hawick would be given the choice of being inside or outside the potential national park being proposed for the Borders, community councillors there have been told.

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Gillian Bruce (VIBES), Vitor Durao and Angus Forbes (Farne Salmon).

Farne have right VIBES when protecting the environment

Duns-based Farne Salmon and Trout has saved £375,000 per year as a direct result of improvements in its environmental measures.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson outside the Common Haugh car park public toilets.

Clean up your act, Hawick market traders told

Concerns are being voiced about the amount of mess being left by the Saturday market held at Hawick’s Common Haugh.

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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.

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