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Cyclist’s fury at never ending path closure

A cyclist is angry at the continued closure of a path in Ironmills Park, Dalkeith, which has been hit by subsidence issues in recent years.

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Road closed at Temple Junction as water destroyed the wall above the river.

Burst main leads to river spill at Temple

Investigations are still being carried out after a burst water main washed silt into the River South Esk at Temple last week.

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A mild winter, coupled with warmer than usual spring temperatures, could lead to an increase in the number of bugs, like ants, this summer.

Homeowners warned to expect a plague of bugs this summer

Homeowners are being warned to expect a summer of bugs.

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Pair of kestrels found nesting on Forth Road Bridge May 2017. Picture courtesy of Amey.

Home sweet home! Kestrel pair found nesting on Forth Road Bridge

For most young couples, the inside of a steel girder with 80,000 vehicles a day thundering overhead would not seem like an ideal location to start a family.

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Rudi Bregulla of Mayfield Community Council at the woods.

Tree felling at woods sparks locals’ concern

Mayfield residents were left angered by what they saw as the destruction of local woods by housebuilders dumping materials.

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Country Corner - A stoatin’ wee visitor to the tree nest box

Country Corner - A stoatin’ wee visitor to the tree nest box

A cheeky stoat in a tree top nest box! writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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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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Volunteers from The Bed Heids have been busy improving the flower beds in Pathhead and hope to encourage more local people to help them.

Greenfingers group bangs ‘heids’ in village

A Pathhead gardening group has been running a project to spruce up the flower beds in the village with results already making a difference.

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Country Corner - Perky Yorlin packs a powerful punch

Country Corner - Perky Yorlin packs a powerful punch

Yellowhammers are still a fairly common hedgerow bird locally, especially where whins grow, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Country Corner - Saving the hedgehog is not a prickly topic

Country Corner - Saving the hedgehog is not a prickly topic

We had a visit from this hedgehog the other night, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Tesco is looking for community groups to benefit from its Bags of Life initiative

Calling all Midlothian groups

Community projects in Midlothian could receive a cash injection thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

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Lord Ancrum's Wood

Enjoy your local woodlands this spring

Forest Enterprise Scotland is encouraging local people to get down to Lord Ancrum’s Wood and give their health a kick start this spring.

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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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Auchencorth Moss outside Penicuik.

Anger as Midlothian Council approves peat plans

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has hit out at Midlothian Council for approving an application to remove millions of cubic metres of peat for compost.

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Auchencorth Moss.

Anger at Penicuik peat extraction approval

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has hit out at Midlothian Council for approving an application to remove millions of cubic metres of peat for compost.

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Country Corner - Getting down to basics in search for otters

Country Corner - Getting down to basics in search for otters

Spraint and spoor are used to refer to the droppings and paw prints of otters, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Pleasing to the ear - the sound of eiders on the sea.

Counry Corner - Listen out! Nature is all around you

One of my favourite sounds of spring is the cooing of eiders out on the sea, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Volunteers hard at work in the Midlothian Growing Together garden.

Midlothian groups called on to enter environmental awards

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is calling for Midlothian communities to register to take part in this year’s annual Beautiful Scotland awards, which bring communities together to help deliver local environmental improvements and recognise efforts Scotland-wide to enhance local areas.

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Stobihill Primary pupils Tegan Acheampong, Brennan Moffat, Zoe Roy and Zachary Cuthill have been learning more about recycling.

Gorebridge pupils get recycling lessons

Stobhill Primary pupils enjoyed a lesson with a difference recently when Bob the Blue Bin came along to share his top recycling tips.

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