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SATURDAY: Birds and butterflies by bike. Forestry Commission Scotland. Gentle ride on Glentress trails, stopping to enjoy views and environment. Age 8 and upwards, under-16s must be accompanied. 10am-1pm. Meet Buzzards’ Nest car park, Glentress Forest, Peebles. £2/person; parking £3/car. Booking essential by 18 May at Ae Forest. Contact Chuck Cuthbert, 01387 860247; dumfries&borders@forestri.gsi.gov.uk

SUNDAY: Borders Hill Walking Club: Grey Mare’s Tail (79) 185146. Meet West Port car park, Selkirk, 9am. Information: Evelyn Horsburgh (secretary) 01750 76214.

Sunday: Biodiversity Day at Harestanes, indoor and outdoor family activities. 1-4pm. Free. Visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/biodiversityweek or contact 01835 826750

Sunday: Coldstream Ramblers: Beal Causeway, Fenwick Stead, Buckton, Detchant Wood, St Cuthbert’s Way. 9m. Meet Henderson Park cCar park, Coldstream, 9.15 am or Beal Causeway 75:NU080427, 10 am. Contact: Louis Moore 01289 302177.

Tuesday: Biodiversity Week - Pond dipping at Gala Policies, any time between 3.30 and 5.30pm. Meet at wooden platform by the pond in Gala Policies. Free. Contact 01835 8256750.

Wednesday: Biodiversity Week - Dowlaw to St Abbs, 11am-4pm, 7 mile (11km) hike along cliffs on Scotland’s east coast. Meet St Abbs village. £8, (£6), children free. Contact 01835 826750.

Thursday: Biodiversity Week - St Ronan’s Woodland, 2-4pm, look at the biodiversity of the woodland and consider woodland folklore. Meet in car park beside Victoria Park, Innerleithen. £2, (£1), children free. Contact 01835 826750