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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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Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie shows his support for Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday. Photo: Callum Bennetts, Maverick Photo Agency

Midlothian residents urged to support climate change effort

Midlothian Council is again inviting people to take part in WWF’s Earth Hour by switching off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 25.

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Country Corner – A call to nurture our natural environment

Country Corner – A call to nurture our natural environment

A Lesser Water Boatman, just one of the great variety of freshwater invertebrates which inhabit our burns, ditches and ponds, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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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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Fox freed from Midlothian snare

Fox freed from Midlothian snare

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a fox was cut from a snare in the Newbattle area late last month.

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Saltersgate School pupil Craig McBeth receives the prestigious Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month award from Nicola Turner, community projects officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Looking on are head teacher Fiona Hume and Craig's classmate Charlie Preston.

Midlothian teenager cleans up with award

A Midlothian teenager has received the prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of his enthusiastic approach to helping deliver environmental improvements in the local area.

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Country Corner – Close encounters of the alien avian kind

Country Corner – Close encounters of the alien avian kind

If you live in shooting country you will no doubt be used to meeting colourful parties of red-legged partridges, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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The official opening of the Millerhill AD Plant.

New food recycling plant is green for go

The new state of the art recycling facility in Millerhill which turns food waste into renewable energy was officially opened last week.

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Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame with Fergus the Fox. Photo by Malcolm McCurrach

Midlothian MSP marks hunting ban anniversary

Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame has joined animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports and Fergus the Fox to mark the 15th anniversary of the legislation which protects wild mammals from being chased and hunted for sport.

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Reed is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA

Country Corner - Exhausted seal pup receives some TLC

A regular client is Torness Power Station I happened to be on the estate when a birder reported a seal pup on the beach. writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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