Red kite populations taking off slowly in the north due to killings

Slow growth of one of Scotland’s four populations of reintroduced red kites is down to illegal killing, according to a new report from the country’s nature agency.

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An oil well in Al Qayyarah burns after being set on fire by retreating Islamic State militants, releasing toxic fumes into the air. Picture: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP

Innocent Iraqi citizens suffering toxic fallout from Mosul offensive

Civilians in northern Iraq, caught in the middle of a major battle to retake Mosul, are falling victim to additional suffering as a result of scorched-earth tactics by retreating Islamic State (IS) militants.

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Become a nature explorer this autumn

Become a nature explorer this autumn

Want to enjoy the great outdoors? Don’t miss out on the autumn discovery pack available from the Woodland Trust.

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Corncrake numbers fell to their lowest ever levels in the 1990s, when just 400 males remained in Scotland. Despite recent declines, the latest survey shows there are now more than 1,000. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Numbers of rare corncrakes drop by a fifth in two years

Populations of one of Scotland’s rarest breeding birds have declined for the second year running, a new survey has revealed.

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Model of the Iona 1.
 PICTURE: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Clyde Confederate paddle steamer wreck protected

The locations of Scotland’s two new marine protection areas (MPAs) have been revealed as being around the Fair Isle and the Firth of Clyde.

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Lion cubs play with pumpkins at Blair Drummond Safari Park as they get ready for Halloween. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Survey reveals horror story of 1.1m uneaten Halloween pumpkins

More than a million pumpkins, enough to make a bowl of soup for everyone in the country, are set to go to waste in Scotland this Halloween.

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Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye. Picture: Frank Winkler

18 stunning photos of Scotland

Scotland is a breathtaking country which is why tourists, film-makers, authors and locals are constantly inspired and amazed by its landscape and scenery. We’ve selected 18 photos that showcase Scotland’s beauty.

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Ecometrica chief executive Gary Davis. Picture: Greg Macvean

Space data outfit boosts environmental monitoring

A Scottish software business is aiming to take the guesswork out of environmental monitoring after tapping into satellite data technology developed at the University of Edinburgh.

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Councils should switch pension fund investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy schemes, says Ric Lander

Ric Lander: Council pension schemes are driving climate change

Last weekend I had a stand at ‘Idea Space’, a political festival run by Common Weal to share progressive ideas for how Scotland can prosper, become more equal, and be a good global citizen. Thousands of folk came along to fill their heads with practical proposals for change.

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The growing online campaign hopes to halt the closure of Inverleith House art gallery.

5000 art lovers back online campaign to halt closure of Botanics gallery

More than 5000 people have backed a campaign calling for a long-running Edinburgh art gallery to be saved from closure.
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The eerie orange clouds lit up the skies above Falkirk. Picture: Lesley McKenzie

Unusual orange clouds seen in skies above Scotland

Unusual orange clouds seen in the skies over Falkirk were likely artificial clouds caused by the refinery at Grangemouth, according to weather experts.

Aldi advert showed salmon swimming in open water.

Aldi under investigation by advertising watchdog over salmon claims

Budget retailer Aldi is being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint by a Scottish environmental campaigner over an advert which showed Scottish salmon swimming in the wild - when the store actually sells farmed fish.

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Scotland’s rarest fish thriving after introduction to remote loch

Scotland’s rarest fish has been brought back from the verge of extinction and the species is now “flourishing” following its introduction to a loch.

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A stag in front of the moon on the hills near Loch Muick in the Cairngorms National Park. Picture: Andy Leonard/SWNS

Scots photographer captures stunning image of stag and moon

These stunning images show the silhouette of a majestic stag in front of a rising moon on the Queen’s Scottish estate.

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Scotland's first snow snapped on the Cairn Gorm plateau. Picture: Gary Hodgson / SWNS

Stunning photos of first snow of Scottish winter

The first snow of winter was spotted in parts of the Highlands yesterday, marking an early start to the season. Amateur photographer and mountain guide Gary Hodgson was out on Cairn Gorm with his camera yesterday and took these wintry photos.

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Black rhinos are more likely to be seen in wildlife parks than in the wild, thanks to illegal hunting. Picture: Getty Images

Over-hunting pushing hundreds of mammal species near extinction

Hundreds of wild mammal species are being “consumed to extinction” by humans using them for meat, ornaments, medicinal products and the pet trade, scientists have said.

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Lighting project is making savings in Western Isles. Picture: Contributed

Western Isles energy project lighting up the future

A SCHEME aimed at making a Western Isles district the first LED community in the UK has dealt with referrals from around 140 homes for the free lighting upgrade.

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School of skipjack fish over seagrass bed in the Bahamas.

Platform; Loss of seagrass meadows is a carbon time bomb

More than 140 scientists have signed a statement ahead of this week’s International Seagrass Biology Workshop urging the world’s media to publicise the plight of seagrass meadows. You may never have heard of these underwater gardens, but scientists estimate that they’re disappearing at the rate of 1-2 football fields per day. At such a rate, they’ll be gone almost as soon as you knew they existed.

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Ministers have given the green light to a 22-turbine wind farm in a remote part of Sutherland. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ministers give controversial Highlands windfarm green light

A controversial 22-turbine windfarm in a remote area of Sutherland, earmarked by the Scottish Government for protection from such developments, has been given the green light by ministers.

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The family of rare pure white squirrels has made itself very much at home in and around the gardens in the Barnton area of Edinburgh. Picture: Saltire News

Family of pure white squirrels spotted in Edinburgh

A grey squirrel – or even a red – scampering around the garden is an familiar sight for many Scots.

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