Farmers flock to stem decline of feathered friends

Arable farmers have given their backing to a research project which could dramatically reduce the cost of planting key conservation areas while helping to stem the decline in some of the country’s favourite farmland birds.

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Niall Stuart said progress must be maintained. Picture: contributed

Call for clarity over green energy amid Brexit

The future of green power in Scotland should not be jeopardised by repercussions of the Brexit vote, according to renewables industry leaders.

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Gillies Hill, near Murrayshall Quarry at Cambusbarron, Stirling.

Picture: Jane Barlow

Campaigners fight to save Battle of Bannockburn’s strategic hill

CONTROVERSIAL plans which could see an historic hill that played a crucial role in the Battle of Bannockburn being destroyed by quarrying are to go to a public inquiry or hearing.

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Household numbers across much of Scotland have soared. Picture:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Map: Across Scotland household numbers grow

Across cities, towns and countryside, there are around 160,000 more households in Scotland than a decade ago.

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Berry pickers in the early 1900s at Blairgowrie. PIC Berry B/Thomson.

100 years of berry picking and Scottish summers

It shaped the summer holidays of tens of thousands of Scots who were dispatched to the fertile fields of the east to pick berries and earn a pound or two.

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A gentoo penguin chick is weighed. Picture: SWNS

Endangered gentoo penguin chicks welcomed to Edinburgh Zoo

EDINBURGH Zoo has welcomed its latest intake – a group of endangered gentoo penguin chicks.

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WWF says that 2016 could be a pivotal year for tiger conservation as populations slowly start to recover. Picture:  Ian Gavan / Getty Images / WWF-UK

Andy Murray and Kevin Spacey team up to save tigers

Andy Murray has teamed up with actor Kevin Spacey to back an ambitious plan to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.

Being part of the EU had led to a substantial reduction in most industrial sources of water and air pollution. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Ilona Amos: Brexit is bad news for moves to cut pollution

So the die has been cast. Now, regardless of Scotland’s position on the matter, the UK will stage a conscious uncoupling from the European Union after a relationship spanning more than four decades.

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The wild ponies at Strathbeg are a breed native to Poland.

Hungry horses help endangered meadows bloom again

Cutting-edge technology and age-old techniques are being used in an effort to save one of Scotland’s last remaining fen meadows.

John Sauven. Picture: Getty

European Union exit impact on the environment

Many of the laws that make our drinking and bathing water safe, our air cleaner, our fishing industry more sustainable and our climate safer now hang by a thread. But Greenpeace is determined that this country will not go back to year zero on environmental protection.

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Mike Park. Picture: submitted

What impact will European Union exit have on fishing?

The UK fishing industry was very vocal on its position regarding pulling away from the EU. The sail-away up the Thames and Clyde was a public demonstration of more than 40 years of pent-up frustration of what many viewed as a politically corrupt system.

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The Bramble Cay melomys. Picture: Wikimedia

Ilona Amos: Oz rat falls victim to Climate change

RAT’S probable extinction could be a hint of what’s to come, writes Ilona Amos

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Maritime Craft Services' new MCS Swath 1 crew transfer vessel. Picture: Contributed

Maritime Craft Services unveils new addition to fleet

North Ayrshire-based Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) has grown its fleet to 24 after adding the 26-metre Typhoon class MCS Swath 1 crew transfer vessel in a multi-million-pound purchase.

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Run-off from excavation work has ended up in waterways

Pollution of salmon rivers halts work on Aberdeen bypass

Concerned residents are calling for a rethink of a major road-building project in Aberdeenshire after a spate of flooding has led to pollution of the Dee and Don rivers.

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Scots windfarm to power Nestle’s UK and Ireland factories

A new wind farm in Scotland is set to supply half the power needed for Nestle’s operations in the UK and Ireland, the company has announced.

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Fishing boats in Fraserburgh harbour . Picture: Alan Miligan

Bertie Armstrong: ending EU fisheries policy a good decision

With the Scottish Government election behind us but the EU referendum now upon us, the direction in which political choices will take the fishing industry is at a pivotal stage.

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Roslin-based Renewable Devices Marine are carrying out trials in the Firth of Forth. Picture: Contributed

High costs risk sinking tidal power

The Scottish engineers behind a pioneering new tidal turbine have hit out at high seabed rental costs and the “obstructive stance” of the Crown Estate, which they say are stifling development of community-scale marine energy and thwarting progress in the emerging sector.

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The discovery of a pine marten in Perthshire woods could stall housing plans. Picture: Lorne Gill/SNH

Rare pine marten discovery could stall Scone housing plans

A MULTI-million pound housing development on the edge of a Perthshire town is in question after the discovery of a rare pine marten by two teenage boys.

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Participants at the VentureJam Air Time event in Glasgow. Picture: Contributed

Budding entrepreneurs aim to tackle air pollution

A host of young Scots gathered in Glasgow this weekend to consider how air pollution can be tackled through the use of new technologies.

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