City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: environment

Edinburgh Ecological Data Centre Gets Cash Boost

A Scottish Otter

A small office at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian is taking on a larger role in helping to safeguard biodiversity in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Lothian Wildlife Information Centre has been given a grant of £42,000 by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to help fund its work over the next three years.

Climate Change Bill Heralds Greener Scotland

Scottish Minister of the Environment Michael Russell does his bit for climate change

The Scottish Government published its Climate Change Bill yesterday. The Bill lays out a legal framework for ambitious reductions of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of 80% below 1990 levels* by 2050.

SNH Trumpets Bigger Bog at Blawhorn Moss

School children at Blawhorn Moss bog

Celebrations took place yesterday on one of the largest and best examples of lowland raised peat bogs in the Lothians to mark its re-declaration as a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The 110 hectare Blawhorn Moss is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and the organisation is keen for people to visit this internationally recognised reserve.

Moray Firth Dolphin Ventures South

One of the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins has been positively identified, using photographs of her fin, for the first time off the North Berwick coast.

Video: Innocent Railway Tunnel in Edinburgh

The Innocent Railway Tunnel is a huge tunnel that passes along the edge of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Formerly used to haul coal uphill by train it now forms part of the Innocent cycleway.

Edinburgh Dubbed Top City for Sustainability

Sighthill Recycling Centre

Edinburgh has been praised for its green credentials in a round-up of the world's most sustainable cities.

Edinburgh's Plastic Bag Problem

Marchmont and Sciennes' cloth bag

One aspect of living in a windy city such as Edinburgh is that disposable plastic bags are always on the loose.

Seagull Task Force To Tackle "Nuisance" Birds

A Seagull Task Force is being set up to look at ways in which urban gulls can be prevented from nesting and how nests can be effectively destroyed. A pilot project will begin in Dumfries next Spring to coincide with the breeding season.

Edinburgh Population Rises 5% In A Decade

The City of Edinburgh has seen the biggest increase in population numbers in Scotland over the decade to June 2007, according to statistics released earlier today by the General Register for Scotland.

Pentland Hills Park Becomes Largest UK Park To Get Green Flagged

The Pentland Hills Regional Park has become the largest park in the UK to be presented with a Green Flag award by the Civic Trust. The 10,000 hectare country park is Edinburgh's third to get a green flag. Harrison Park in the Polwarth area and Braidburn Valley Park in South Morningside have gained the accolade for the second year running.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Picks

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival pitches camp in Charlotte Square Gardens this year between 9th and 25th
August, hosting a staggering 800 authors from around the world. The quality and range of authors always draws wide interest, and this year is no exception. Following the launch of ticket sales last month, heavy traffic made the web site inaccessible for a while and a good number of events have already sold out.