Chernobyl children visit Zoolab

A group of youngsters from Chernobyl got up close and personal with a bunch of wildlife courtesy of Zoolab at Torwood Garden Centre in Larbert.The eight boys and girls along with teacher Olga Kostiuchenko are pictured with Zoolab’s educational presenter Jenna Todd during their visit. The young people are in Scotland thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity. It was established and registered in 1992 by Victor Mizzi to support the children and their families from Belarus and Ukraine forever affected by the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April 1986. Belarus, where most of its work is focused, received over 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and, as a result, thousands are born every year with, or go on to develop, thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.

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.

‘Smelly’ tap water poses no health risk claims Scottish Water

‘Smelly’ tap water poses no health risk claims Scottish Water

Residents have complained to Scottish Water about the ongoing problem of horrible tasting and smelling water coming from their taps.

A leaking sewer at the Bonnyfield nature park back in 2011

Filthy sewage seeps into nature reserve pond

The “unknown” substance flowing into a nature reserve pond has been identified as sewage from a nearby overflowing drainage system.

Ineos operations director Tom Pickering. Picture: Michael Gillen

Brexit changing views on fracking say Ineos

Community opposition to fracking has softened because of concerns linked to Brexit, according to an Ineos director.

Bonnyfield suffered a leaking sewer back in 2011

Nature park path closed after ‘unknown’ substance found in pond

Outdoor rangers have closed off a nature reserve pathway and alerted environmental experts after an unknown substance was discovered in a pond.

Angry Grangemouth residents say Ineos doesn't care about the local community it is based in. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ineos urged not to leave Grangemouth behind

There was no mistaking Ineos’ intention to “push ahead” with its controversial plans for the future of its Grangemouth site.

Kevin Stewart joins Rachael Gifford, Leon Kinsman, Ben Ramsey and Kyle Mcinnes from Newtongrange Silver Band

Funding boost for Scottish mining towns

An organisation which supports former mining towns and villages has been awarded £800,000.

Normal service resumed at Croy Station

Normal service resumed at Croy Station

Services are back to normal at Croy Station after a lorry smashed into a nearby bridge

Experts are issuing advice as wasps emerge this autumn.

Take action to prevent wasps having an autumn sugar rush

Wasp figures could be set to rise after the mixed summer weather created a delay in their usual pattern of emergence.

Mairi Davies, climate change manager for Historic Environment Scotland with David Barnes, litter & flytipping manager, Zero Waste Scotland. Photo: � Sandy young Photograph.

Zero Waste Scotland launches new partnership approach to prevent litter

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a nationwide initiative calling on businesses, local authorities and other organisations to help cut the cost of litter clean-up and join forces to prevent it from happening in their communities.

Could you be a hedgehog champion?

First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched

Wildlife charities are urging people across the UK to help arrest the decline in numbers of one of our most loved garden animals.

The Falkirk Delivers team with the Keep Scotland Beautiful judges

Falkirk in frame for ‘Beautiful’ title

Falkirk High Street is in the running to win a national title after impressing the judges enough to make the shortlist.

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