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We Know Scotland

Number crunching the Scottish ski industry’s best winter in five years

At about this time last year, James McIntosh, manager of the Lecht ski centre, gave me his views on the future of the Scottish ski industry.

Scotland take on England at Hampden Park in 2017. Picture: Michael Gillen

Poll: More than a third of Scots want England to lose every game

It’s a sporting rivalry that stretches back more than a century.

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Young trees overlooking Loch Tarsan in Argyll and Bute. PIC: www.geograph.co.uk

14 million new trees planted in Scotland

Around 14 million new trees were planted in Scotland last year with £33m paid to landowners to create new woodland.

A Mint moth. Picture: PA

Climate change brings new species of moth to Scotland

An increasing number of moth species are arriving and settling in Scotland as a result of climate change, experts have revealed.

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Councils are required to plan for the current and future housing needs of the Gypsy/Traveller community but plans for permanent camps and stopping places often meet with local objections. Picture: Steven Brown

Map of stopping-off places would help Gypsy/Traveller community, says MSP

The mapping of stopping-off places would help improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller community, an MSP has said.

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Scotland's recent population growth has been down to immigration. Picture: Jon Savage

Scotland’s birth rate sinks to 15-year low

Scotland's birth rate has sunk to a 15-year low, while the number of deaths are at a 32-year high, official figures have revealed.

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A Red Squirrel

Scottish wildcat and red squirrel among UK’s most threatened land mammals

Two of Scotland’s most iconic native mammals have been named in a list of British animals facing a serious risk of extinction.

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House price rise in Inverness fastest in Scotland

House prices in Inverness have risen further than in any other part of Scotland over the past 20 years, according to research published today.

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More houses are being built in Scotland but the level of demand remains high. Picture: PA

Can the number of homes built in Scotland keep pace with demand?

The total number of homes built in Scotland is rising year-on-year but concerns remain that the current rate will not be enough to meet future demand.

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Closing Kildonan station, which has the third lowest number of passengers in Scotland, could shave four minutes off journey times on the Inverness to Thurso/Wick route. Picture: Sandy Colley

Axe looms for Highland station with just 76 passengers year

A remote Highland railway station could be the first to be closed in Scotland for more than 30 years under plans to speed up journeys on the line.

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The sheltered waters of Cromarty Firth have long been used for refits or as an anchorage when oil prices fall and the need for rigs is diminished. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Unite union calls for ‘state support’ of North Sea oil and gas sector

The UK’s biggest trade union has called for government intervention in the North Sea energy sector to protect working conditions.

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Donations from Scots have surged above 1 billion pounds

Scots donations break through £1 billion mark

Scotland is punching above its weight in terms of charity donations, a report has revealed.

Scots would back tax rises ringfenced for the NHS

Scots back tax hikes to improve health

More than half of Scots say they would accept tax hikes if the money was ring-fenced for the NHS because of widespread concerns the country’s wealth gap is to blame for poorer health, a new survey has found.

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Edinburgh ranked third in the UK in terms of attractiveness for foreign investment

Record foreign investment in Scotland as London falls away

Scotland attracted record levels of foreign investment last year and outstripped the wider UK performance, according to figures published today.

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Sir Ian Wood is a Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle. Picture: Jane Barlow

More than 100 ‘exceptional’ Scots recognised in Queen’s Honours List

More than 100 “exceptional” Scots from fields including science, sport, education and business have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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The research identified 'continued unhappiness with England's place in the UK and perceived advantages enjoyed by Scots'. Picture: PA

Survey finds ‘devo-anxiety’ among voters in England

English people feel unfairly disadvantaged by constitutional change within the UK, according to new academic research.

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Kirsty Blackman was speaking at the first day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen. Picture: John Devlin

Independent Scotland could boost economy ‘by having more sex’

An independent Scotland could grow its economy by persuading its citizens to have more children, a senior SNP MP has suggested.

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Scotland’s private schools eye international expansion as market booms

Scotland’s private schools are following the lead of English institutions by opening new campuses overseas in an attempt to cash in on the growing international demand for British-style education.

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The report quotes National Records of Scotland figures suggesting that there are almost 80,000 empty homes in Scotland. Picture: John Devlin

Empty and second homes causing housing crisis

The proportion of empty homes in Scotland has risen, according to new report by the Greens which finds that Edinburgh has the highest number of vacant properties.

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The Lonach Highlanders march at the Lonach Gathering and Games in Aberdeenshire. PIC: Contributed.

Highland Games boost Scotland’s economy by £25m

Highland Games boost the Scottish economy by around £25m every year, new research has found.

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