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‘It suits the strong-willed’: Scotland’s mountain path makers – a photo essay

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The National Trust for Scotland Mountain Path Team are at work repairing a path up near Mullach an Rathain summit, on Liathach in Torridon. The team’s primary aim is to prevent irreversible environmental damage to fra...

Scotland’s future won’t be settled until there is a second vote on independence

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It took two referendums to get a final answer to the independence question. The people of Quebec had their first vote on whether to pursue secession from Canada in May 1980. The proposition was defeated, and by a chun...

Scotland’s gender recognition reform is a ‘recipe for bad law’, say campaigners

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The process for reforming gender recognition law in Scotland has so far been “exceptionally poor and a recipe for bad law”, opposition campaign groups and policy analysts have told a Holyrood committee. Addressing the...

Highland hounds take on Scotland’s Munros as mountain hikes rise in popularity

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Betty, a six-year-old kerry blue terrier, celebrated reaching the summit of her 282nd and final Munro – Am Basteir on Skye – with a hard-boiled egg. Her owner, Shona Marshall, toasted her dog’s entry into the rarefied...

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon tests positive for Covid

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Nicola Sturgeon has tested positive for Covid-19. The Scottish first minister tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms on Friday evening. She will work from home over the next few days and told followers she wo...

Wallabies to damselflies: Scotland’s newest animals get Gaelic names

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A host of warm weather species moving north into Scotland have been given new Gaelic names, reflecting the subtle but significant environmental shifts brought by climate heating. Following work by dozens of lexicograp...

Scotland’s Covid cases rise, while England and N Ireland show falls

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Covid infection levels are rising in Scotland, figures suggest, as it was confirmed that the UK’s scientific advisers no longer expect to meet regularly to discuss Covid. About one in 19 people in Scotland had Covid i...

Scotland’s ‘timid’ £150 council tax rebate disappointing, say charities

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Scotland’s finance secretary has been accused of failing to properly address rising fuel costs after mirroring the £150 council tax rebate offered by the chancellor in England. Kate Forbes told Holyrood on Thursday th...

Chopping, twisting, felling: the unruly way to rewild Scotland’s forests

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The Scots pine plantations in Abernethy forest are the crème de la crème in forestry terms: tall, straight and dense. These plantations were created in the 1930s, and the wood had a variety of uses, from ships’ masts ...

Scotland’s first black professor accuses academics of racism in slavery row

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Scotland’s first black professor has accused fellow academics of discrimination after an explosive row over Edinburgh’s links with slavery prompted calls for him to quit as chair of two groups re-examining the city’s ...

Student sleuths: Scotland’s undergraduate-led cold case unit

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An Italian newspaper, a book of finely drawn sketches, a half-remembered photograph glimpsed on social media: these are the fragmented details of lost lives that Scotland’s only student-led cold case unit must make se...

Dank, ancient and quite fantastic: Scotland’s peat bogs breathe again

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Flanders Moss bog is slumped on the flat, farmed landscape of the Carse of Stirling in Scotland like a jelly fungi. It wobbles when you walk on it, and a metal pole goes down eight metres before reaching hard ground. ...

Scotland’s bottle and can return scheme in ‘shambolic’ mess

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Scottish ministers have been accused of making a “shambolic” mess of their bottle and can recycling programme after admitting they no longer had a launch date for it. Scotland was expected to be the first part of the ...

Scotland’s rainforests are a biodiversity treasure

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It was disappointing to read in the Guardian that “Britain has no rainforests to soak up carbon dioxide emissions” (The problem with blue carbon: can seagrass be replanted … by hand?, 5 November). Britain emphatically...

Scotland’s soaring deficit is no barrier to independence, says minister

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Scotland‘s deficit more than doubled to £36.3bn, or 22.4% of GDP in 2020-21, the highest yearly figure since devolution, but it should not be an obstacle to making the case for independence, according to Scotland’s fi...

Wild beaver numbers surge to 1,000 across Scotland’s southern Highlands

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Wild beavers have colonised lochs and rivers across the southern Highlands of Scotland after a sharp surge in their numbers. A survey by NatureScot, the government conservation agency, estimates 1,000 beavers now live...

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