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You can do you bit to save water supplies during hot weather

Scottish Water is asking its customers to use water wisely during the current period of hot summer weather.

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Scottish Water is urging us not to waste water, particularly during the current dry spell.

Public urged to use water wisely during warm spell

Scottish Water is asking the public to use water wisely to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

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Simple tasks can help the common frog.                                         Photo: Richard Bowler.

Give frogs and toads a helping hand

RSPB Scotland is calling on people to help frogs and toads by creating more ponds and pools in their outdoor space.

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The campaign is encouraging people to choose tap water over bottled water.

More Scots encouraged to ‘top up from the tap’

Scotland’s world-class drinking water will be celebrated as a campaign is launched to encourage people to carry a refillable bottle and top up from the tap.

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South Ayrshire councillors at the Biosphere Conference at Culzean Castle with UNESCO reps, certified businesses and Cabinet SecretaryFiona Hyslop

Area’s world-class credentials

Galloway and South Ayrshire is recognised worldwide for its excellence in sustainable development and that was highlighted last week.

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Councillor Ian Cochrane, portfolio holder for sustainability and environment shows the two new bins being introduced in front of one day's worth of recycling collections (roughly 50 tonnes).

New bin system will start in October

Girvan will be the first South Ayrshire community to get two new smaller recycling bins as the council aims to improve its current 52.5% recycling rate.

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Bathing water updates via mobile

Bathing water updates via mobile

Daily bathing water forecasts are now available for beaches at Girvan, Maidens and Culzean from 10am each morning for the next three-and-a-half months.

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Francesca Osowska, CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage, has set herself an arduous task: cycling over 1300 miles through Scotland, divided into seven 5-day-long legs

Cycle for Nature visits local spots

Scottish Natural Heritage’s chief executive officer is cycling through South Ayrshire this week on the third leg of her 1300 mile cycle through Scotland.

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Girvan microbiologist Dr Kirsty Robb.

Girvan scientist heads to Antarctica

Dr Kirsty Robb, from Girvan, is to join the all-female scientific Homeward Bound team in Antarctica in January 2019.

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It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

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Six recycling bins per house

Six recycling bins per house

Changes to kerbside refuse collections by South Ayrshire Council will se households having to sort out waste into seven different bins.

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South Ayrshire Council are considering signing up to the Final Straw campaign and stop buying single use plastic straws.

Final straw campaign

A campaign to stop using single use plastic items has been adopted by South Ayrshire Council - and plastic straws are the first to go.

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WWF Earth Hour in South Ayrshire

WWF Earth Hour in South Ayrshire

Thousands of people across South Ayrshire will be helping to celebrate the annual World Wide Fund for Nature Earth Hour campaign this week.

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The first meeting of Dalmellington's Reclaiming Our Coalfields Communities initiative was well attended.

Dalmellington action plan is underway

Planning the future of Dalmellington is close to the hearts of local people who turned out in force to show their support for the town.

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Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

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View of the Stinchar Valley.

Project ‘hidden gems’ underway

One of the first awards made in Scotland through the National Lottery’s Great Place scheme is going to the Southern Uplands Partnership.

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Glen App wind farm.

Ballantrae Community Fund open for business

A new Ballantrae Community Fund is now open to applications from community groups or projects delivering services in the area.

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13/08/07, TSPL, SCOTSMAN, WILD LIFE, CAPREOLUS CAPREOLUS, DEER, ROE DEER BENEATH A ROWAN TREE NEAR NEWBURGH FIFE.PICTURE  IAN RUTHERFORD.

Deer strikes go up during the rutting season

Drivers across Ayrshire are being advised to look out for deer on trunk roads and motorways, particularly as the evenings draw in.

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