New Loch Lomond by-laws to restrict camping take effect

New by-laws which will restrict camping around one of Scotland’s best known visitor destinations in an attempt to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and littering will come into effect tomorrow.

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Co-operative Energy is to pay out compensation to customers after a string of failings in its billing and complaints resolution processes.

Consumers switching of energy suppliers reaches six year high

Switching of energy suppliers has surged to a six-year high as householders increasingly shop around for better deals on gas and electricity.

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The hunting season for birds such as grouse varies according to species in Scotland: Picture: Getty Images

Many countries ‘stricter on game hunting rules’ than Scotland

Many other European countries have more regulation of game bird hunting than Scotland, a report has found.

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Fewer than 120,00 nativel red squirrels remain in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Bid to save Scots red squirrels gets lottery funding boost

Efforts to save Scotland’s native red squirrels from extinction have received a major funding boost.

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Pigs world-wide may benefit from research by Edinburgh University scientists to tackle world's worst swine infection.

GM pigs could help battle world swine disease

Pigs which may be resilient to an infection costing the swine industry billions of pounds each year have been produced by scientists.

The M80 ground to a halt due to Storm Doris. Picture: Michael Gillen

UK storm names explained and what’s next after Doris

If you hear a neighbour bemoan that “Doris is giving me grief” it isn’t a reference to an errant elderly family member.

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The Hermitage of Braid is a popular dog-walking spot. Picture: Jon Savage/TSPL

5 of the best dog walking routes in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH is a great city for dog owners. There is a whole variety of parks, nature reserves and beaches for dogs and owners to visit.

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Loch Lomond is a favourite destination for camping.

Best forest camping locations in Scotland

IF you want to escape the urban jungle and leave modern stresses behind, we think that camping in Scotland’s ancient forests is the perfect choice.

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The knotty shining claw pseudoscorpion has been found north of the River Tay for the first time, at Dundreggan estate near Loch Ness. Picture: Trees for Life

Bugs and insects feared extinct discovered near Loch Ness

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Ruth Davidson tries out an electric car to launch the Scottish Conservatives new environment policy. Picture: PA

Tories back plans for new nuclear power plants in Scotland

The creation of two new nuclear power plants in Scotland has been backed by the Scottish Conservatives.

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Tiree Surf Club members Marti and Ben Larg and Andrew Robertson outside the beach hut. Picture: Roger Cox

Tiree surfers’ beach hut to be removed after council vote

A remote island beach hut that has helped young surfing stars on the road to success is set to be removed after a vote by councillors.

Professor Ian Boyd, former director of the University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit, has been awarded the Polar Medal in recognition of his research on the ecology of seals around South Georgia.

Scot emulates Shackleton and Scott with Polar Medal win

A Scottish scientist has joined legendary explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton as a recipient of the prestigious Polar Medal.

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Why do cyclists have to share road space with buses? Picture: Toby Williams

Iain A Masterton: Cyclists as traffic managers – surely not?

Cyclists sometimes ­irritate me. Conversely, when I’m on my own bike, it’s the pedestrians and drivers who cause my blood ­pressure to soar.

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Increased availability has helped boost organic food sales in Scotland.

Scots top spenders on organic food

Scots have bought more organic food in the past year than people elsewhere in the UK, a report by the Soil Association shows.

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The Statue of Former First Minister Donald Dewar on Glasgow's Buchanan Street. Picture: TSPL

Donald Dewar: Scotland’s first First Minister

Donald Dewar was the man who delivered devolution and became tagged “Father of the Nation” – but he hated the title.

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Scotland is the EU's leading produced of farmed salmon, with plans to step up production by 30,000 tonnes by 2020. 
Picture: Stephen Mansfield

Ilona Amos: Unbridled expansion of fish farms is not sustainable

Scotland has an international reputation for high quality food and drink. Our fish is no exception and some parts of the world have a seemingly insatiable appetite for Scottish-reared salmon.

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Food waste is greater than previously suggested, study by the University of Edinburgh finds PICTURE: Lewis J Houghton

Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating or thrown away

Almost a fifth of the world’s food is lost to over-eating and waste, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh.

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Horse whisperer Emma Massingale taking her Sheltland ponies on a 'practice run' trip on a boat in Devon before her trip. Picture: SWNS

Shetland ponies taken on boat adventure to meet relatives

This is the moment one of Britain’s leading horse trainers took her ponies to meet their relatives on the Shetland Islands - on a tiny boat.

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Geologists say drilling has been concentrated 'in the wrong areas'. Picture: Contributed

Oil reserves off Scottish coast ‘may have been missed’

There could be hidden reserves of oil in gas in Scotland, in areas previously dismissed.

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Genetically modified hens at the Roslin Institute can lay eggs from different breeds. Picture: PA

GM hens to boost bid to set up ‘frozen aviary’

Genetically modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping Scottish scientists set up a “frozen aviary” to conserve rare and exotic birds.

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