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Country Corner - The grass is certainly greener for this job

It’s botany time again, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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A new online resource is available to help organisations tackle litter

New litter network is far from rubbish

Anyone with a stake in tackling litter in Midlothian can get access to the latest advice and research as Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new Litter Knowledge Network.

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The bee moth on a first visit to south-east Scotland.

Country Corner - The rare moth found in a bee’s clothing

I suppose if a naturalist is forever curious and always looking at plants, insects, birds or mammals, they are likely to turn up something rare every now and then, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Some of the volunteers in Mayfield willing to work with local man Alan Greig to tackle fly-tipping.

Council fly-tipping hotline is ‘rubbish’

A Mayfield man who contacted the council to report fly-tipping has been left fuming after being left out of pocket because of the phone call.

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The birds and bees - palmate newt style

Smitten by the newts’ amorous advances

It was showing off time for male Palmate Newts when I visited some woodland ponds the other day, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Litter costs Scotland over �1m a year, says Zero Waste Scotland

Picking up some good tips

Did you know that 475 items of litter are dropped every minute in Scotland? Or that 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are given out in the UK every day?

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People of all ages can get on their bike this Saturday.

Saddle up for a happier, healthier and greener life?

The community is being offered an opportunity this weekend for bike skills, led-cycles and fun food activities to support active travel and to learn more about the links between travel choices, food choices and climate change, at a free event in Gorebridge.

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The Brimstone moth with its distinctive yellow wings.

Country Corner - How the humble moth can teach us a lot

What a wee stunner the Brimstone Moth is! writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Litter costs Scotland over �1m a year, says Zero Waste Scotland

Picking up some good tips on tackling litter

Did you know that 475 items of litter are dropped every minute in Scotland? Or that 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are given out in the UK every day?

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Country Corner - Hoopoe, hoopoe hooray for Menorca

Country Corner - Hoopoe, hoopoe hooray for Menorca

Chrissy and I are recently returned from a walking and wildlife holiday on the beautiful island of Menorca, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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The Met Office issued this weather warning for Saturday

Met Office issue weather warning for weekend

Heavy rain is forecast to wipe out the sunshine tomorrow across Scotland.

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Newtongrange town centre

Town centre plans advance in Newtongrange

A design team has been appointed by Midlothian Council to revitalise and improve Newtongrange town centre.

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Country Corner - Out with the clipboard for a day surveying

Country Corner - Out with the clipboard for a day surveying

Suddenly it’s invertebrate and botany surveying season and we will be busy all summer now collecting biodiversity data for clients, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

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Local cyclist Simon Bush at the cycle path in Dalkeith's Ironmills Park at the steps which remains closed.

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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