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DNA to be used in tracking wildlife criminals

The fight against wildlife crime is to be boosted by new technology that enables human DNA to be retrieved from the scene days after the offence has been committed. State-of-the-art techniques which are already used to ­tackle crimes from...

Scotsman, today, 06:59

Overfishing and Beast from the East blamed for sea bird deaths

Hundreds of dead sea birds have been found along the east coast with overfishing and the Beast from the East among the reasons behind their rapid demise, according to experts. Dozens of concerned beach goers and walkers have taken to social media in...

Scotsman, yesterday, 21:13

Public given chance to name new polar bear cub

The name of the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years will be chosen by the public. The Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, has asked the public to chose the name of the male cub which was born in December. A vote has been launched...

Scotsman, yesterday, 16:58

Peter Pearson: John Muir’s ways more important than ever

According to an old biblical saying, a prophet is ­never honoured in his own country. Not so long ago, these words could have applied to John Muir, who was born 180 years ago tomorrow and rose to become a national hero in the United States after...

Scotsman, yesterday, 07:58

‘Magic’ mushrooms to boost Caledonian Forest restoration

A “magic” mushroom mixture is being used in an innovative new plan to speed up revival of the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. Conservationists from Trees for Life aim to harness the power of local fungi to boost growth of native...

Scotsman, yesterday, 00:53

Leader comment: Why shooting estates should fear eagle disappearances

As the RSPB Scotland points out, the disappearance of a fourth satellite-tracked eagle in a part of Perthshire that’s home to several shooting estates over four years is “highly suspicious”. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association complains its members...

Scotsman, Thursday, 06:32

Report finds offshore wind turbines not as dangerous for seabirds as thought

The risk of seabirds colliding with offshore wind turbines is less than half what was previously thought, according to a landmark new report. The findings come from the most comprehensive investigation into the impacts of offshore wind farms on...

Scotsman, Thursday, 00:49

Dr Dave Parish: Big Farmland Bird Count can tell us a lot

The Game & Wildlife Trust Big Farmland Bird Count takes place every year in February. For this survey GWCT encourages farmers, gamekeepers and land managers to spend just 30 minutes in one day that month noting what birds they see over the ground...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 06:21

Police investigate after wildcat cameras stolen in Aberdeenshire forest

Police have been called in after hundreds of pounds worth of equipment used to study the critically endangered Scottish wildcat was vandalised and stolen in a forest in the northeast of Scotland. An investigation is now under way following reports of...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 16:11

New campaign launch aims to end ‘evil’ illegal puppy farming business

Animal charities, trading standards and the Scottish Government have joined forces to launch a new campaign aimed at bringing an end to the “evil” puppy farming business. Sales of pups from illegal factories are estimated to have netted £13 million in...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 11:57

Ilona Amos: Show you love the planet – and your mum – with wild flowers

Picking wild flowers can help you reconnect with nature but before you do, check to see which ones are safe for picking and won’t damage populations, writes Ilona Amos Just as I had enjoyed the hunt, my mother seemed delighted with all my straggly,...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 11:28

Video: Scotland’s war on plastic

Scots are becoming more conscious about the volume of plastic waste we throw away every day. Scotland is making great strides towards reducing our plastic waste. The carrier bag levy came into effect in the UK on 20th October 2014. In January this...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 11:28

Scots opt for bottled water due to embarrassment and hassle factor

The success of Blue Planet II has failed to generate a shift in the Scottish public’s behaviour, with only a third carrying around a refillable water container and fewer than one in five going the extra mile to find an alternative to plastic bottles,...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 00:11

Washing machine among junk piled up on island coast

A hiker has photographed piles of rubbish as he walked the otherwise unspoilt 1,000-mile Shetland coastline. Neil Fraser, 57, was shocked to see waste including a washing machine on a cliff side, a computer monitor and a huge chunk of polystyrene. He...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:54

State-of-the-art recycling turns ‘poo cakes’ into farm crops

We haven’t dug for victory since the Second World War, but if Scottish Water has its way we’ll all be doing our bit to improve the nation’s agricultural yield. Scottish Water, which treats a sixth of Scotland’s water, has revealed it is making “poo...

Scotsman, Sunday, 00:11

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