Professor Wayne Powell: Food for thought at the biggest agricultural event on the calendar

Between 22 and 25 June, around 180,000 visitors are expected to visit the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

Mud snail. Picture: Buglife

Scotland’s rare pond mud snail wins lottery backing

BUGLIFE project ‘Marvellous Mud Snails’ has won National Lottery support to help the rare Pond mud snail in Scotland

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, pictured protesting outside of the Scottish Parliament in 2014, has long called for the SNP administration to reverse a ban on the docking of working dogs' tails. 
Picture: Neil Hanna

Tail docking row: could it cost Nicola Sturgeon votes?

The SNP and the Tories don’t often see eye to eye, or so they would have you believe, but when the former party is in minority government they can be seen to rely on the latter.

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Amanda Bryan (right), chair of Crown Estate Scotland, with the Duffus family at Glenlivet.

Amanda Bryan: valuing the environment is vital

For some people, being a successful property management business and acting for the public good are not an obvious fit.

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Ryan McCann of McCann Electrical.

Energy efficient lighting cuts costs

LEDs can transform a business. Anna Dove talks to a specialist who helps firms plug into the new technology.

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Castlelaw hill fort in Midlothian. Details of all hill forts found across the UK have been mapped in an online database for the first time. Picture: Kieran Baxter/Arts and Humanities Research Council/PA Wire

Scotland’s hidden hill forts revealed in online catalogue

They are ancient gathering places, used for trading, social gatherings, and to perhaps fend off the advances of unwelcome interlopers.

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People enjoy the hot weather on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures soar across England and Wales. Picture: PA

Scotland reacts on twitter to hottest day of the year in England

While England recorded its hottest day in four decades - with the mercury hitting 33 degrees at Heathrow - things have been rather cooler in Scotland.

Scotland's first full-scale indoor vertical farm is being built at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee

Scotland’s first indoor vertical farm to start up in autumn

Scotland’s first indoor vertical farm is due to be up and running later this year.

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Tidal energy park to be built off Islay

Tidal energy park to be built off Islay

A new tidal power park has been given the go-ahead in waters off Scotland’s west coast.

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Charity warns of dogs being kept in hot cars. Picture: Julie Bell

Scottish SPCA receives record calls of dogs in hot cars

The Scottish SPCA has launched their campaign for 2017 to tackle the ongoing issue of dogs being left alone in cars over the summer months.

New ospreys have bred in the Highlands. Picture: Ian Rutherford: TSPL

Video: newly hatched Lochaber osprey chicks captured on film

Two osprey chicks - being called osplets -hatched over the weekend at a Lochaber nest fitted with a web camera.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
See Ben Nevis in the twilight. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

5 tips on seeing the midsummer sunrise from a mountain

THERE is a tradition with many hill walkers of climbing a hill to catch the glories of a midsummer sunrise.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
A 65-mile-long circular route around the Isle of Arran has been added to Scotlands Great Trails network, which includes the famous West Highland Way

Arran Coastal Way joins Scotland’s Great Trails network

A long-distance walk around the Isle of Arran is set to join the famous West Highland Way and Great Glen Way as one of Scotland’s top hiking trails.

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Flexitricity aims to balance supply and demand on the National Grid

Dr Alastair Martin: Switched-on customers changing energy market

Are you too rich, too lazy or too ­stupid? Apparently, there’s an even chance that you’re one of these.

Will our grandchildren be left asking: 'Were there really wildcats in Scotland? Picture Ian Rutherford

Dr James Fenton: Nature is paying the price of development

We have only one planet and, as the ­American poet Gary Snyder says, “this living, flowing world is all we have – forever”.

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How we deal with waste has contributed to Scotland's progress towards climate targets.

Richard Dixon: Tougher targets on reducing emissions are good for us

Last week brought the good news that Scotland had met its latest climate target, with real emissions of greenhouse gases 3 per cent lower than the year before. This is great progress and shows that we are firmly on track to meet our 2020 climate target of reducing emissions by 42 per cent from 1990 levels.

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The retailers will user lasers to mark the fruit with information such as the sell-by date.

Avocados to be marked by laser to reduce labelling

It is perhaps the country’s most fashionable fruit, with demand soaring as brunch recipes and even desserts become part of the nation’s dinner table.

Dan tries out the 'natural flume' on Stob Ghabhar. Picture: Contributed

Video: Photographer Dan Bell finds ‘natural flume’ on mountain

Intrepid photographer Dan Bell is exploring Scotland’s great outdoors in a series of Facebook vlogs, often taking trips deep into the Scottish Highlands to seek out remote beauty spots.

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