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Monrieth flood risk still looms

Almost 13 months on from a serious flooding incident, residents in a Machars village are becoming increasing frustrated with the stalemate over DGHP’s plan to install new drains.

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Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

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Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

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Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

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Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

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Shennaton appeal kicked out by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has rejected an appeal by a renewable energy company’s against the local authority’s ‘non-determination’ regarding their planning application for a 12-turbine wind farm at Shennaton, between Kirkcowan and Newton Stewart.

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Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Household re-use and recycling

Questions over recycling revenues

A local councillor has questioned why the local authority is still paying a private company profits from.

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A Red Kite photographed on the Galloway Kite Trail. �Ian Saunders

On the trail of the red kite in Galloway

People visiting Dumfries and Galloway to see the region’s red kites have contributed over £8.2m to the local economy, a new report has found.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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One year on from the big flood

Everyone in the town of Newton Stewart will be thinking today about the devastating flood of exactly one year ago - December 30, 2015.

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Scottish Wildlife Trust chairman Robin Harper.

Wildlife Trust search for new chairperson

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity, is starting the process of looking for a new Chair of Council to lead the charity into the next decade.

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Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Bird keepers in Scotland have been reminded to keep their poultry and captive birds indoors after bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire.

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Forest Enterprise Scotland staff collect acorns on felt mats for future planting in Galloway

Million acorns to grow woods

Around 1.2 million acorns have been collected as part of a project to expand and link Galloway Forest Park’s ancient oakwoods from the hill tops to the coast.

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Footbridge lifted off

The Sparling Bridge was lifted off its abutments yesterday morning by a massive crane and parked in the Riverside Car Park, as part of on-going flood defence work in Newton Stewart.

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Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Marine Litter tangled up in the strandline at Arrochar. Photo credit: CMPP

Tackling the Firth of Clyde’s marine litter

The problem of marine litter in the Firth of Clyde is to be tackled at an event later this month.

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Galloway national park bid

Galloway national park bid

A new report is looking into bringing together national scenic areas, Galloway Forest Park, Galloway Dark Sky Park and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere into a new national park.

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Peatlands are vital to the survival of many plants. Photograph: Martin Rimmer

Highland bog reveals global warming threat to peatlands

Rising sea levels and increased pollution linked to global warming are posing a huge threat to the future of the world’s peatland areas, new research has concluded.

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