Felling to halt spread of disease

Tree felling has begun around the forest at Ae to slow the spread of a disease which is affecting larch trees in the area.

The sector is facing a number of significant challenges, including a decline in the number of salmon.

New scheme to improve health of wild salmon

A new Salmon Interactions Workstream to provide expert advice on mitigating pressures on wild salmon has been launched by the Scottish Government.

The recycling rate has seen a considerable increase since last year.

Scottish recycling rate rockets

Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60 per cent milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published today (29 May 2018) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The six weeks after the start fo the trial, council workers picked up 401 bags of litter - 2000 less than in the six weeks leading up to its introduction.

Bin trial hailed a success

A pilot campaign to reduce roadside litter is having a huge impact on Dumfries and Galloway’s trunk roads, councillors are to be told.

It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

Scottish Borders Council are threatening to cut funding for the vital 'lifeline' service.

Anger grows over bus service

South politicians are at loggerheads over the loss of the 101/102 bus service linking Dumfries and Edinburgh.

Kirconnel residents can sleep a little easier  with new flood plan.

Kirconnel flood warning plan in place

As the recent snowmelt caused surface water and rising rivers in several communities across Scotland, attention turned to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Red Kite 'braking' in the skies above Dumfries.  Image by: Ian Saunders

PM proves bird of prey was poisoned

The body of a red kite found in the Durham Hill Lane area of Kirkpatrick Durham was poisoned according to a post mortem.

Rosefield Mill is one of the most remarkable buildings in Dumfries. It is the last of the great woollen mills that once lined the Nith and occupies a significant place in Dumfries' identity and heritage. Photo by Kerr Martin

Council steps in to help save building

MSP Colin Smyth had previously criticised SNP and Tory councillors at Dumfries and Galloway Council for failing to underwrite a loan to help save Rosefield Mill.

Dumfries and Galloway Council want to improve their housing stock, like this Kellooway home pictured above pre-install.

Councillors to consider fuel saving projects

The Dumfries and Galloway region will benefit from Scottish Government funding to the tune of £2.063 million.

Waverley Hall in Creetown is one of the buildings in community ownership

Community takes charge

Councillors have been told told that communities are continuing to take ownership of local facilities right across the region.

A Redshank was the one millionth record to be collated

Milestone for local wildlife info centre

The region’s local environmental records centre was flying high as it celebrated gathering a million records of local plants and animals this week.

�8m contract to ensure residents help stay warm in their homes.

£8m investment to ensure homes are wind and watertight

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) has signed a contract worth up to £8 million to invest in properties across the region.

Labour are calling for a total ban.

Would a full ban on fox hunting make a difference to country life?

Scottish Labour has called for a full fox hunting ban ahead of a rally at Holyrood today.

Extra cash for rural roads and timber transportation.

£5m boost will help to deal with timber lorries on rural roads.

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, announced a £5 million funding boost for projects that minimise the impacts on communities and the environment caused by timber lorries on the rural road network.

Joanna Lumley, Patron of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, visited to see progress on the restoration of  the Georgian property

£615,000 grant will tell a story

A National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries will receive £615,000 grant from the Scottish Government.

Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

Felling operations at Mabie and Ae forests are expected to last until February.

Felling tackles infected trees

Felling operations will take place at two local forests over the next two months to tackle the spread of a disease deadly to trees in the area.

The funding will be used to conserve and restore the built and natural heritage around the Dee and Ken valleys.

£2.7million grant for glens project

A major project to care for the historic landscape of the Galloway Glens has won £2.73million of funding from the National Lottery.

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