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First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched

Wildlife charities are urging people across the UK to help arrest the decline in numbers of one of our most loved garden animals.

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The badger, a welcome visitor, for Georges static camera.

Country Corner - New arrival is more than black and white

Usually when I capture images of badgers on my camera traps they are monochrome night shots of foraging individuals passing through, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Country Corner - Delighted youngsters get close to nature

Country Corner - Delighted youngsters get close to nature

No, this isn't a bat or an alien from outer space! writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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The single use carrier bags will not be available in store after August

Tesco getting rid of single use carrier bags

Tesco has announced that single use carrier bags will no longer be available in its stores from the end of this month.

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Amey staff joined Pathhead residents to plant flower beds in the village.

Floral improvements to Midlothian village

Amey - the company responsible for managing and maintaining the Scottish South East Trunk Roads network - recently joined with residents and members of the local horticultural group Bedheids to improve flower beds throughout Pathhead village.

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The Christmas display in Dalkeith last year

Plans to boost festive events with marketing push

Plans to make Midlothian even more festive this Christmas have been launched, with a bid to shore up support for a Winter Festival programme.

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Ragwort is a vital pollinator.

Country Corner - Losing the rag about a wart on the landscape

Ragwort – I hesitate to use the word in print, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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PENICUIK: Pentland house - residents concerned over plans for it's use as a homeless unit.

Council seeks to ease homeless centre fears

Midlothian Council has reaffirmed its commitment to an agreement made with residents living near a soon to be opened homeless centre.

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A new 10-year plan has been launched to protect Scotland's pollinating insects.

Plan to protect pollinator population

A new strategy has been launched to protect and safeguard the future of Scotland’s indigenous bee and butterfly populations.

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The latest national survey of Scotlands population of capercaillie, the worlds largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the countrys most endangered birds. Pic credit: Dave Braddock (rspb-images.com).

National survey results fuel plans to help one of Scotland’s most iconic birds

The latest national survey of Scotland’s population of capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals – making it one of the country’s most endangered birds.

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The stunning Lempkes Gold Spot

Striking gold by spotting this rare moth

Wow!

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Campaigners are calling for cameras in slaughterhouses to be required by law.

Petition calls for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses

Animal charities and political activists are petitioning the Scottish Parliament to introduce mandatory CCTV in Scotland’s 35 abattoirs.

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Sofa so good as the social media campaign to promote this free uplift service reaches one million people

Video shows how to skip the trip to the tip

If you’ve ever struggled to get rid of an old sofa, bed or fridge freezer a new, tongue-in-cheek video showing Scots how to ‘skip the trip to the tip’ is for you.

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The  Marmalade Fly has wasp-like markings.

Country Corner - The harmless fly masquerading as a wasp

Hoverflies are everywhere during hot days in summer, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Roslin Glen

Green Flag status for Midlothian parks

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has awarded Green Flag status to five Midlothian parks in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space.

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Poll calls to protect places like the hill Quinag in the Scottish Highlands. Pic: Kevin Lelland.

Poll calls for Scotland’s wild lands to be protected

As tourists flock to Scotland’s scenic outdoors for the summer holidays, a clear majority would be put off visits by industrial development.

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The yellow-legged tortoiseshell. Picture: SWNS

Sir David Attenborough warning of butterfly decline - and how you can help

This summer is critical for butterflies as common species have fallen into decline, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

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Country Corner - Nature thrives in the most unlikely places

Country Corner - Nature thrives in the most unlikely places

I had to laugh at this recent scene when I arrived to carry out a pond survey in Ayrshire and found it full of Belted Galloway cattle! writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Pupils at Gore Glen Primary School  doing a sponsored litter pick of Arniston Park.

Pupils pick up funds as well as litter

The Eco Committee at Gore Glen Primary School in Gorebridge recently organised a sponsored litter pick of Arniston Park, raising £200 for the school while raising awareness of litter issues in the local area.

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A infant roe deer hides in the undergrowth.

Country Corner - Have some respect for more than your dog

I was prowling around in dense vegatation the other day when I spotted this tiny roe deer kid couched down among protective nettles only one step ahead, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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