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volunteers are being called for a bid to track down a rare ice-age butterfly in Wigtownshire. Butterfly Conservation Scotland is joining forces with the Dumfries and Galloway Biodiversity Partnership for a survey of the Northern Brown Argus.

Christmas lighting in Newton Stewart looks set to improve in the next few years with community council and business association backing for a concerted fundraising campaign. New lights in 2003 are expected to be limited, but the two organisations agreed this week to progress a three-year wish-list and then go about trying to secure funding for the venture. The town came under heavy criticism last year after appearing on the BBC’s Watchdog programme as one of the worst displays in Britain.