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Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

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Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

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Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

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St Andrew's Primary pupils proudly display their latest Green Flag from Eco-Schools.

Fourth green flag for Bute primary

St Andrew’s Primary School’s pupils and staff were delighted to be awarded their fourth Eco Schools Green Flag recently.

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Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

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The Trusts specialized research yacht Silurian with Common Dolphins.

Survey records highest number of dolphin species

Record numbers of three dolphin species off Scotland’s west coast were recorded by conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in its marine research expeditions in 2016.

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Fyne Future's composting area at Bute Produce.

How much of your food waste is avoidable?

An estimated 400 tonnes of food waste leaves Bute homes for destination landfill. Amazingly around 20 percent is food and drink we haven’t consumed. That’s on average £450 worth per year for a family of four.

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Rothesay Pavilion in Argyle Street.

Pavilion refurb waste put to good use

Waste building material from Rothesay Pavilion has been re-used – as hen houses, fences, animal enclosures and hard core on farmland.

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Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Appointment of Agriculture Champions announced

The Scottish Government has appointed four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector.

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Rothesay Academy's S5 cleaned up Guildford Square bus shelter in December as part of a citizenship project. (Photo by Hayley McGuire)

Rothesay Academy’s S5 roll up sleeves to clean up town shelter

Rothesay Academy’s fifth year pupils helped to improve an area of Rothesay in the lead up to Christmas as part of a citizenship project.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Scotland's school pupils are being encouraged to design a garden suitable for Scotlands Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Calling all Bute’s budding young gardeners!

Keep Scotland Beautiful is searching for green-fingered, innovative young designers to take part in this year’s Design a One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden Competition.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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Buteshire Natural History Societys Bird Group pictured on Islay in February 2016 (photo by Viv Shelley).

Join Buteshire Natural History Society in 2017

As Buteshire Natural History Society goes from strength to strength, a warm welcome is being offered to new members looking to join in 2017.

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Foreign trees more a threat than grazing

Foreign trees more a threat than grazing

Scotland’s native woods will miss Biodiversity targets for 2020 unless urgent action is taken to address non-native tree species in the country’s forests.

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Call into the Bute Advice Centre if you can help

Volunteer with emergency plan

The team responsible for carrying out Bute’s emergency plan is keen to hear from anyone willing to volunteer their services.

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Walkers and climbers urged to stay safe this winter

Walkers and climbers urged to stay safe this winter

Many people will use the festive season to go walking and climbing with mountain safety experts urging them to take precautions to stay safe.

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Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Bird keepers in Scotland have been reminded to keep their poultry and captive birds indoors after bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire.

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Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll.

Search on for Scotland’s finest woods

The search has begun to find and celebrate the finest and most inspiring woodlands in Scotland. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are an annual recognition of excellence among those who use, own or manage woods and forests - and a celebration of their contribution to the wealth and well-being of communities.

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