Country Corner - The exotic bird with a killer instinct

Even after a lifetime of seeing them, it is still hard to believe the heron is a British bird, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Service).

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of Scotland today, with travel operators warning of disruption and cancellations to ferry and train services.

L-R Scott Fraser, Scottish Waters Scottish Waters corporate affairs regional manager; Bruce Ritchie, head of business operations and visitor experience at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo; Abi Walker waste water treatment modern apprentice.

Launch of new 3P’s campaign

Scottish Water has teamed up with Edinburgh’s famous penguins to raise public awareness of its new 3P’s campaign and prevent toilet and sewer blockages.

The great armies of geese will be arriving soon.

Country Corner - The borderless spirit of our familiar birds

Nature is international, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

West Church in Dalkeith, now Taylor Woodwork.

Petition set up to keep the bells ringing

A petition has been set up to keep the bells ringing at West Church in Dalkeith, which are to be muffled after just one complaint.

The Painted Lady will soon begin its exodus to Africa.

Country Corner - Butterfly ready for an African adventure

The Painted Lady is a British butterfly which I always consider to be an African butterfly, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Mayfield and Easthouses Environmental Group's first community litter pick.

Mayfield litter pick

The newly formed Mayfield and Easthouses Environmental Group held its first community litter pick last Saturday.

GV of Mayburn House in Clerk St Loanhead. Loanhead Community Council have been vocal in stopping the owner from keeping wrecked cars on display all the time and for not keeping to the proper use of the building as per building regulations. 18/9/17

First impressions last

The Loanhead community remains furious about the state of former care home Mayburn House, as it “gives an awful first impression” of the town.

A buff tailed bumblebee with unusual colourings.

Country Corner - On the lookout for nature’s ‘misprints’

Readers of a certain age were quite probably stamp collectors in their childhood, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Gardener Ash Watt with parents and children attending "Muddy Monday" at the Kabin's community garden.

Staff plough on in hope of saving project

Staff responsible for the Kabin’s Community Garden have carried on as volunteers since being made redundant.

Weeds are wildflowers that attract bees and butterflies.

Country Corner - Taking a more natural approach to nature!

We all know changes in farming have been one of the main drivers in declines of farmland birds, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Members of the community came together in May for a massive clear-up in Mayfield.

Community clear-up group up and running

A new group set-up in Mayfield to tackle the growing fly-tipping problem there will officially launch this Saturday with a community litter pick.

The dotted red line shows the relief road options on the right and the spur road on the left.

Plans on the right road

The council has approved spending £1.4 million of developer contributions on preparatory works for a new A701 relief road and A702 spur road.

Dalkeith Town Centre.

Council leader calls for town centre help

Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan (Lab) has asked the council’s planning officer to investigate ways of protecting the county’s town centres.

Gardeners should look out for an impressive autumnal emergence of species such as Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in the coming weeks.

Can autumn offer a butterfly boost?

Gardeners are being asked to look out for butterflies this autumn after species struggled during the cold and wet summer holiday season.

Haugh Park in Fife was among the 2017 Scottish award winners. Pic: Katrina Johnstone.

Vote for your favourite Scottish park

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is encouraging members of the public to vote for their favourite Scottish Green Flag Award park as part of a UK-wide competition.

Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham is encouraging people to recycle more. Pic: Michael Gillen.

Businesses urged to be ‘Waste Warriors’

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on local authorities, businesses and organisations to sign up and join its Recycle Week army of ambassadors in a bid to get people to recycle more.

Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith

Councillors raise Hopefield worries

Councillors have voiced their concerns about proposals for two large housing developments bringing more than 1000 homes to Bonnyrigg.

Dalhousie Quarry, near Bonnyrigg.part of Tillicoultry Quarries.

Proposed quarry extension

Proposals to extend the existing sand quarry at Upper Dalhousie were discussed by councillors at last week’s Planning meeting.

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