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?

Some of the GNPA Trustees and supporters at Kirkcudbright Harbour.

National park could provide youth jobs

The Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) launched its website this week and is now seeking comments and input from across the region.

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.

The historically significant find was made by Derek McLennan, a committed metal detector enthusiast in Dumfries and Galloway. Picture: SWNS

Summit meeting to secure Viking hoard for Galloway

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has invited representatives of National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council to a summit to discuss the future of the historic Galloway Viking Hoard.

Anne McCall, the new director of RSPB Scotland.

Anne lands director role at RSPB Scotland

A Former Galloway woman has become the first female to hold the top job at RSPB Scotland.

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.

Reports have emerged that wolves may now be reintroduced ton the wild.

Rewilding of wolves plan causes concern

As reports emerge to suggest the rewilding debate is widening to include wolves, the National Sheep Association is raising serious concerns.

Sheepworrying is on the increase.

Pupils set to ‘Take the Lead’

As part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of the horror of sheep worrying by dogs, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to have teamed up with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and Farmers Guardian to take the message into UK classrooms.

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.

Eagle bid takes flight, thanks to £1.3m grant

Eagle bid takes flight, thanks to £1.3m grant

Plans to boost the south of Scotland’s population of golden eagles are set to take flight after landing a £1.3m National Lottery grant.

Louise Kerr signs up for the new SEPA early flood warning scheme in The McMillan Hall

Sign up for Flood Warning Scheme

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency are in Newton Stewart today to tell people about the new Flood Warning Scheme for the River Cree.

The old show field in Wigtown

Wigtown community group apply to buy the old showfield

An initiative group in Wigtown have applied to the Scottish Government to purchase Southfield Park in the town to use as a community asset.

Dog walkers are being urged to clean up after their dogs in the countryside.

Dog poo could kill livestock

NFU Scotland is urging members of the public to clean up after their dogs when walking on or near to agricultural land.

Two cases ofSchmallenberg Virus have been diagnosed in maformed lambs from Scottish flocks.

Schmallenberg Virus found in Scotland

The Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection has been diagnosed in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the Scotland/England border.

A yellow warning for snow is in place for much of Scotland

Warning of snow issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow on Tuesday.

Snow falling in Newton Stewart

It’s snowing!

The sudden arrival of snow caught Newton Stewart by surprise this morning.

The removal of the sparling bridge
The chains are attached to the bridge

Over to you now! say CVCC

The vital public consultation to secure funding for the Sparling Bridge construction work will go ahead from March 8 to 11, and Cree Valley Community Council need Newton Stewart residents to get involved.

The Red Squirrel. Image: Stephen Willis

Priority areas created for red squirrels

Eight priority areas for red squirrel conservation are to be created in southern Scotland thanks to National Lottery funding.

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