Recycling cuts costs

Councillors had a sneak preview of a new green waste recycling centre last week.

Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Bird keepers in Scotland have been reminded to keep their poultry and captive birds indoors after bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire.

The Girvan Community Garden team, left to right, Ward Higgins, Jim McClymont and Julie Campbell.

Windfarm cash for local groups

The Girvan Community Garden has a greener future thanks to a windfarm fund award.

Councillor John McDowall, Liz Marquis, Director of Energy Agency & Provost Helen Moonie

Electric car savings for council

The Energy Agency, based at Auchincruive, has recently leased an electric car and installed a charging point in order to save carbon emissions and transport costs.

Galloway and south Ayrshire biosphere has responded to the consultation on forestry.

Forestry must consider rural areas

South Ayrshire’s biosphere is calling for communities and other rural businesses to be considered when it comes to forestry planning.

Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Marine Litter tangled up in the strandline at Arrochar. Photo credit: CMPP

Tackling the Firth of Clyde’s marine litter

The problem of marine litter in the Firth of Clyde is to be tackled at an event later this month.

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates to the public for next years Open Farm Sunday on June 11. Organisers LEAF are keen to see more farms taking part.

Farmers urged to highlight vital role

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates and welcome the public to showcase their achievements and the goods and services they deliver.


Give your vote to gardening project

Colmonell Development Group have entered their gardening project into the Aviva Community Fund to help make the village beautiful and create a community garden beside the village hall.

Peatlands are vital to the survival of many plants. Photograph: Martin Rimmer

Highland bog reveals global warming threat to peatlands

Rising sea levels and increased pollution linked to global warming are posing a huge threat to the future of the world’s peatland areas, new research has concluded.

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Households to claim green energy grants

South Ayrshire householders could claim up to £1200 to install green energy upgrades to their homes.


Ayr to host Scotland’s first anti-windfarm conference

Scotland’s first national conference aimed at challenging the Scottish Government’s commitment to whole-sale windfarm development will be held in Ayr on Friday 11th November.


Electric vehicles receive Ayrshire boost

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement of funding from the SNP Government to promote the use of low carbon vehicles in South Ayrshire.

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