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Edinburgh News: environment

Origin of Ancient Rifle Found on Reserve Remains A Mystery

SNH's Andy Turner with ancient rifle

An old rifle discovered last year by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff on a north east nature reserve has just been identified as a French rifle from the 1800s. Staff from the National War Museum in Edinburgh have confirmed what it is, but the mystery still remains as to how it got there.

Council Contracts Private Rubbish Collectors As Strike Goes On

Holey Bin Bags, Edinburgh New Town

As of this morning (Monday 27 July), the City of Edinburgh Council has contracted an external company to collect the City's trade waste.

Have You Seen Rare Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)?

Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Keen eyed walkers and modern technology are combining to help save a rare jewel of the Scottish landscape. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is asking people to join the hundreds from all over Scotland who have already submitted records over the internet for the lesser butterfly orchid, Platanthera bifolia. This beautiful wild orchid with creamy white flowers with a short flowering season in July has been reported from more than 260 sites over the past three years.

Edinburgh School Shortlisted For Green Award

An Edinburgh school has beaten off competition from around the United Kingdom to be shortlisted for a top energy award. Currie Community High School is the only Scottish entry to be recognised at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009.

Council Seeks Views on Park Use

Inverleith Park Reed Beds

Edinburgh City Council is seeking views from residents on the city's parks and open spaces as part of what it is calling "the most comprehensive look at greenspace in over 40 years."

Views are being sought on how residents of all ages view, use and access their open spaces across the city - from play parks to playing fields - with a view to setting priorities for change over the course of the next five years.

Fife Beaches Win Coveted Blue Flag Awards

Blue Flag winner: Aberdour Silver Sands Beach

Following on from the Marine Conservancy Society's recommendations for clean local beaches in its annual Good Beach Guide, Scottish ch

Fewer Local Beaches Recommended in Annual Survey

A local sailor at Longniddry

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recommended 41 Scottish bathing beaches for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide. This is just over one third of the 109 tested and 3 less than it recommended last year.

Video: Critical Mass Cyclists on Cycling in Edinburgh

Edinburgh cyclists, outside the National Gallery, offer some quick tips on riding in the city, at the monthly Critical Mass ride on the last friday of May 2008.

Free Seed Packs at Scottish Biodiversity Week

Oak leaves

Free seed packs will be handed out at many of the events being held in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife as part of Scottish Biodiversity Week. Thousands of easy-to-grow packs containing rocket, chives, coriander and lettuce seeds are expected to be distributed during the week which runs between 16-24 May. Events vary from Ranger-led walks through wildflower meadows to puffin-watching on an RSPB cruise down the Firth of Forth.

Mind Your Greens in Compost Awareness Week

Compost bin: price £8

Real Nappy Week just ended in Scotland on the 3rd May. We're now into Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May), the ninth of its kind, as part of an ongoing drive to get people to recycle organic waste from their garden and kitchen into compost.

Scottish Government Reiterates Stand Against Risky GM Food

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham has re-affirmed the Scottish Government's stand against Genetically Modified food in an address to the fifth international conference on GM-free regions in Europe.