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Warning of snow issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow on Tuesday.

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‘Government turning a blind eye to islanders’ concerns’

A call has gone out for an emergency towing vessel to be stationed in the isles after another ‘near miss’ this week.

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OHAFF calls for inquiry on SEPA and Government relationship

OHAFF calls for inquiry on SEPA and Government relationship

Outer Hebrides Against Fish Farms (OHAFF) has called for an urgent enquiry into the relationship between the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the fish-farming industry.

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Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. Pic by Anthony Upton

MP presses case for island fishing boats

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil says the UK Immigration Minister must ‘Take Control’ on a commitment he made to look at re-introducing a scheme to address the crew shortage crisis facing the West Coast fishing industry.

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Untapped Hebridean gas reserves in Rockall Basin

Untapped Hebridean gas reserves in Rockall Basin

The waters off the Western Isles could be housing significant untapped reserves of oil and gas after research completed by Aberdeen University claimed previous explorations took place in the wrong location.

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Group launches plans to lead regeneratation of Castlebay

Group launches plans to lead regeneratation of Castlebay

A newly-developed design shows how a new look for an old - but sound - building on the Isle of Barra can achieve a wonderful transformation for a thriving community hub.

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The Trusts specialized research yacht Silurian with Common Dolphins.

Survey records highest number of dolphin species

Record numbers of three dolphin species off Scotland’s west coast were recorded by conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in its marine research expeditions in 2016.

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Silurian, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust's specialised research yacht

Record number of dolphins off west coast

Record numbers of three dolphin species off Scotland’s west coast were recorded by conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in its marine research expeditions in 2016.

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Final year of spring shooting of Greylag geese

Final year of spring shooting of Greylag geese

Efforts to reduce the greylag goose population of Lewis and Harris will continue later this month with the launch of the final year of spring shooting.

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An aerial shot of Gallan Head with the community hub, Gallan Beag, in the foreground.  Picture by Richard Davies

Gallan Head mark year with Burns event

The Gallan Head Community Trust is taking stock and celebrating its first year of achievements as a community land owner with a Burns ceilidh, bonfire and torchlit procession.

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Fears over flood risk 12 years on from storm

Fears over flood risk 12 years on from storm

The terrifying power of nature was witnessed in the Islands in 2005 when hurricane force winds lashed the region and tragically took the lives of one South Uist family.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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Artist's impression of Boatman's tower and pathway.

£5m Lews Castle plan

Work on multi-million pound improvements in the Lews Castle Grounds could begin next year.

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New equipment for marine wildlife protection group

New equipment for marine wildlife protection group

BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) a wildlife charity of volunteers who respond to stranded, injured and entangled whale, dolphin, porpoise and seals have taken ownership of two new trailers to help in their efforts to protect marine life in the north west Highlands.

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Forecasters predict Scotland will be hit by bad weather over Christmas

Island community groups benefit from Resilience Fund

Five community groups in the Western Isles and the Isle of Skye are benefitting from grant-funding worth, in total, more than £48,000 from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to help them prepare for severe winter storms and become more resilient in emergency situations.

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HHP wins funding for insulation works

HHP wins funding for insulation works

The Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) has been awarded £340k from the Scottish Government as part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Capital Acceleration Programme (HEEPS-CAP).

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Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Politicians blast UK Government over Islands renewables

Politicians blast UK Government over Islands renewables

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil says the decision of the UK Government to deny support to island renewables is an ‘epic kick in the teeth’ for the Scottish islands and will threaten the UK’s long term carbon targets.

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