Edinburgh News: environment
Network Rail completed track laying on the new 24km stretch of railway between Airdrie and Bathgate today, making it the longest domestic passenger railway with new stations to be built in Britain
Paintings by the big names of Impressionism, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley, feature in a new exhibition opening in Edinburgh today.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland) today reported the highest number of confirmed poisoning incidents discovered in a single year in Scotland in the past two decades.
The 31st of July is the last day for aspiring and professional photographers to showcase their special shots of Scotland’s spectacular nature, as part of a contest run by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Affectionately known as ‘the flying barn door’ due to its massive 8 foot wing span, Scotland's breeding population of white-tailed sea eagles continues to rise through a reintroduction programme that began on the west coast more than 30 years ago.
Last year, a record 176,522 visitors passed through the gates of the annual farming and countryside show The Royal Highland Show. The organisers, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) held the first “Highland” in 1822 in Edinburgh’s Canongate on a site now occupied by the Scottish Parliament. The 2010 show, takes place from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27, and is the 170th.
The Royal Highland Show will be staging one of the world’s finest displays of livestock breeding with almost 5000 head of the UK’s best cattle, sheep, horses and goats entered for the 2010 event.
Less litter has been found on Scottish beaches in 2009 than in the previous year, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend 2009 report. It also reveals that while total litter has increased by 77% since the first Beachwatch in 1994, plastic litter has increased by a staggering 121% in the UK.
The Edinburgh International Festival strikes the tone of this year's cultural feast with a quotation from Columbus: "Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." The New World theme is reflected in the range of innovative dance companies from overseas, such as MAU, who come from as far afield as New Zealand.
A city wildlife spot which was suffering from its own popularity - with both human and feathered visitors - has had a make-over. Blackford Pond, part of Blackford Hill local nature reserve, is popular with joggers, dog walkers and families with children. Over the years the banks had been steadily worn away by the action of the water, water birds grazing the edges and human activity.
It may not feel like Spring, but for gardeners the growing season is almost upon us. It means that garden waste collections become fortnightly from March. To mark the occasion the City of Edinburgh Council has been giving away free bags of compost made from recycled garden waste. The first giveaway was yesterday at Fox Covert Primary School in Corstorphine, with further compost give-aways planned today and later.
This year’s International Science Festival (3-17 April) will include 46 events at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with many events taking place at the Real Life Science Studio and other facilities at the Botanics’ new John Hope Gateway visitor and interpretation centre.
The University of Edinburgh returns to the Edinburgh Science Festival with free events, workshops and shows aimed at children and families. Discover Science 2010, running for the duration of the Science Festival (8th-17th April), takes place at the National Museum of Scotland, and Adam House, Chambers Street.
The City of Edinburgh Council is drafting a plan for open space in the city, the first such plan in 40 years, and it wants your view.