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Homeowners warned to expect a plague of bugs this summer

Homeowners are being warned to expect a summer of bugs.

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This is a hybrid between a Spanish stealth slug and the UKs common black slug. Pic: Leslie Noble

Hybrid ‘super-slugs’ are invading British gardens and we can’t stop them

The Daily Mail calls it a “slime wave”. The Sun calls them “an army”. Either way, both papers have reported 500 billion slugs are set to invade British gardens, after a mild winter created perfect breeding conditions.

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Miss Scotland Lucy Kerr has the key to Scotland's secrets

National Trust launches major recruitment drive

Families across Scotland are being handed the key to Scotland’s treasures this summer - when they join the National Trust for Scotland.

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Atlantic puffin.

Iconic Scottish bird species are under threat

Two of Scotland’s most loved species, curlew and puffin, have joined the growing list of threatened bird species, according to a new report.

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A yellow warning for snow is in place for much of Scotland

Warning of snow issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow on Tuesday.

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Woodland at Rhubodach was purchased in a community buy-out in 2010

Bute Community Land Company chair: ‘I’m not resigning’

The chair of Bute Community Land Company has put rumours he had quit the company to bed, stating “I have not tendered my resignation, nor am I intending to.”

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A yellow warning for snow is in place for much of Scotland

Snow warning as Storm Doris arrives

The Met Office has today (Tuesday) issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow for much of Scotland as Storm Doris bears down on the UK.

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Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

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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