Thousands vote to name Highlands-born polar bear Hamish

The first polar bear born in the UK for 25 years has been named Hamish in tribute to his Highland birthplace.

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A damaged building is seen in Pohang 'Earthquake hits South Korea. Picture: REX

Fracking caused 2017 earthquake, study finds

An earthquake in South Korea that injured nearly 100 people and caused millions of pounds of damage was likely to have been caused by nearby fracking operations, according to new international research.

Chris Packham has written to SNH raising concerns about the raven cull

Thousands sign petition demanding raven cull plan is scrapped

Nearly 35,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to scrap a "mass cull" of ravens.

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The baby cub. Picture: SSPCA

Adorable fox cub rescued by workmen being cared for by SSPCA

A fox cub found covered in mud and petrol in a skip is being cared for by wildlife experts.

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Parts of Scotland are getting 4G mobile coverage for the first time. Picture: Contributed

New 4G mobile coverage for Scotland’s most remote areas

Parts of Scotland are getting 4G mobile phone network coverage for the first time as new masts are erected in some the country’s most remote places.

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Tiny particles known as "microplastics" have been found in record levels in Arctic sea ice. Picture: PA Wire

Fears over risk from plastic dropped from polar ice melt

Sea ice can capture huge amounts of microscopic plastic pollution, transport it across the Arctic and dump it into the ocean as climate change causes melting, according to a new study.

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Scottish island seeks investors for first wind power scheme

Investors are being sought for a long-awaited renewables scheme on North Uist which will raise revenue for the island for the next 22 years.

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A pod of orcas, usually seen around Shetland, was spotted in the Clyde near Gourock on Saturday. ''Picture: Keith Hodgins/PA

Ilona Amos: You don’t need your own yacht to spot sea life – take a ferry

Social media was abuzz over the weekend when a group of killer whales was spotted breaching in the Clyde. Numerous videos were posted online after thrilled passengers sighted the pod while travelling on a ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.

Children from Flora Stevenson Primary School in Orchard Brae, Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams

Millions of UK children worry about air pollution near school

Millions of UK children worry over air pollution near their school, according to a survey.

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A killer whale, one of a pod of orcas spotted in the River Clyde near Dunoon. Picture: Keith Hodgins/PA Wire

Wildlife spotters camp out on Clyde coast for killer whale return

Enthusiastic whale spotters have camped out along the Clyde coast, hopeful a pod of killer whales will make a reappearance.

Dogs Ahu, Will and Wai with project personnel Miriam Ritchie and Jane Tansell (right) on South Georgia. Picture: SGHT

Britain’s biggest bird sanctuary rescued by rat cull

Rare and unique seabirds are flocking to one of the UK’s most remote overseas territories now Scottish conservationists have concluded the world’s biggest ever rat extermination project.

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The Firth of Forth is frequented by lots of different bird species; puffins, gannets, fulmars, guillemots and razorbills being among the most common. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Overfishing and Beast from the East blamed for sea bird deaths

Hundreds of dead sea birds have been found along the east coast with overfishing and the Beast from the East among the reasons behind their rapid demise, according to experts.

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Brexit fears as migration into Scotland falls after EU vote

Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year in a row and now stands at its highest ever level, official figures have revealed.

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Scots-born John Muir was a tireless campaigner for the preservation of wild spaces in the United States and his legacy lives in on the hundreds of articles and books he wrote in his lifetime

Peter Pearson: John Muir’s ways more important than ever

According to an old biblical saying, a prophet is ­never honoured in his own country. Not so long ago, these words could have applied to John Muir, who was born 180 years ago tomorrow and rose to become a national hero in the United States after emigrating there with his family at the age of ten.

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Jacob Whitson, from Chaos Fungorum, said: 'Mycorrhizal fungi are one of our greatest allies for reforesting degraded landscapes'

‘Magic’ mushrooms to boost Caledonian Forest restoration

A “magic” mushroom mixture is being used in an innovative new plan to speed up revival of the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

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The shoreline at Granton

Charlotte Johnson: Botanics pushes the boat out with shoreline exhibition

From the Forth bridges and Queensferry to the beaches of Portobello and ­Joppa, Edinburgh’s coastline communities have a proud heritage of distinct social and cultural traditions where a sense of community has endured.


Green MSP calls for UK Government to revisit onshore wind subsidy

The UK Government has been urged to revisit its decision to remove onshore wind projects from a key renewables scheme.

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Scotland's population continues to grow. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scotland’s population rises for the eighth year running

Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year running with migration driving the increase, latest figures show.

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Why do eagles keep disappearing in Scotland? (Picture: Ian McCarthy)

Leader comment: Why shooting estates should fear eagle disappearances

As the RSPB Scotland points out, the disappearance of a fourth satellite-tracked eagle in a part of Perthshire that’s home to several shooting estates over four years is “highly suspicious”.

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