SUNDAY: Scottish Borders Council Ranger Service, Plora Wood and Southern Upland Way; 8miles/13.5km; strenuous, 5 hours. Meet at layby near entrance to Plora Wood, Walkerburn 10am. Cost £5 (concession £3).For more information contact the ranger service on 01835 826750.

thursDAY FEBRUARY 10: Scottish Wildlife Trust, illustrated talk by Michael Braithwaite Berwickshire’s Disappearing Scarce Plants” 7.30pm, Langlee Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels. Non-members especially welcome. Tea and biscuits and raffle at interval.