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Loch Mess monsters are ruining our beauty spots

When triathlete Stuart Lowrie stopped by for a spot of training at the Loch of the Lowes last weekend, he was sickened by the filth strewn all over the local beauty spot.

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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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A gannet chick at St Abb's.

St Abb’s Head reserve welcomes first gannet chick

The St Abb’s Head national nature reserve isn’t being given the bird by northern gannets any more as a chick of the species has been sighted there for the first time.

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Pollution in woods still a problem, says group

Pollution in woods still a problem, says group

The waterways through the Gala Policies community woodland in Galashiels appear to be returning to normal after a pollution scare.

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Update – Galashiels poo spillage

Update – Galashiels poo spillage

A tractor and trailer caused a bit of a stink in the centre of Galashiels on Sunday afternoon – after a tyre blowout resulted in tons of excrement covering the road for a quarter of a mile.

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Unlimited fun on offer in new Langlee trail

The Langlee Woodland Nature Trail is now open to the public following a year-long project run by Nature Unlimited, a locally-based social enterprise.

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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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Braw Lad and Lass with the Laird.

Iconic Gala tower is restored

The £150,000 restoration of one of the Borders most iconic landmarks has been completed two years since it began.

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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 Easter Langlee landfill site, where the proposed waste transfer station would have gone.

Council considers waste options

Scottish Borders Council is still considering “all options” over its plans for a £4.8million waste transfer station (WTS) at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

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Calling all Borderers to come to the aid of Small Blues

Calling all Borderers to come to the aid of Small Blues

Nature enthusiasts in the Borders are being asked to help save Scotland’s smallest butterfly from extinction this week.

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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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