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Health study of whales in Hebrides

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has announced details of its 2018 surveys, in which volunteers and marine scientists will carry out pioneering research into the health of whales, dolphins and porpoises off Scotland’s west coast using photogrammetry – the science of making measurements from photographs.

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Ground investigation work will take place at Tarbert harbour from March 26th.

Harbour work at Tarbert

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has commissioned ground investigation work at Tarbert (Harris) as part of the infrastructure upgrade project to prepare for the new dual fuel ferry.

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Puffins on the Shiant Isles. Photograph by Jim Richardson.

Brighter future for seabirds as Shiants declared rat free

The Shiant Isles have been officially declared rat-free, thanks to a four-year partnership project to restore them as a secure haven for nesting seabirds.

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Pictured is an artist's impression of how the new flats will look once complete.

Old Stag Bakery site

The corner of Stag Road in Stornoway is to be transformed by the construction of 12 new homes on the site of the former Stag Bakeries.

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Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

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More awards for HebCelt. Picture by Colin Cameron

Red Letter Day as HebCelt Scoops Green Award

After a highly successful 2017, the internationally-acclaimed Hebridean Celtic Festival has started the new year by collecting another award – its fourth in three months.

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The Comhairle will phase out plastic straws and replace with paper straws.

Council is the first to dump plastic straws

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has become the first local authority in Scotland to pledge to go plastic-straw free in the battle against plastic pollution.

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Iconic Island sites shortlisted for BBC Countryfile Awards

Iconic Island sites shortlisted for BBC Countryfile Awards

Some of the Outer Hebrides’ most iconic visitor attractions have been named as finalists in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.

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Work to start on Lews Castle projects

Work to start on Lews Castle projects

Contractors are being sought for the first phase of the Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration Project.

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New facilities are planned at Ullapool harbour.

Improving Ullapool harbour facilities

A fully accessible toilet and changing facility will be installed at Ullapool Harbour, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.

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The Northern Periphery Area has abundant natural fuel resources but is subject to a harsher climate than the rest of Europe and this results in the need for increased domestic energy.

Island organisations lead the way in unique energy initiative

Lews Castle College UHI and Tighean Innse Gall have linked up with the University of Oulu in Finland to develop a unique, energy initiative that promotes the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems which utilise clean energy and reduce household energy costs.

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New radar for Lewis will improve weather forecasts

New radar for Lewis will improve weather forecasts

A new state-of-the-art radar, replacing the former weather radar at Lewis in the Western Isles opens this week.

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Crofters accuse Scottish Government of neglect

Crofters accuse Scottish Government of neglect

Angry crofters at a Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) Uist meeting have accused the Scottish Government of ignoring the threat by swarming geese to crofters and the acclaimed machair habitat.

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New walkway design proposed for town shortlisted for award

New walkway design proposed for town shortlisted for award

Proposals for a Waterfront Walk in Stornoway have been shortlisted in Scotland’s FutureTowns Design Competition.

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Testing new ways to protect lambs from sea eagles

Testing new ways to protect lambs from sea eagles

Trials are underway by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and its partners on how to reduce the impact of sea eagle predation on sheep farming.

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Scottish corncrake numbers fall to lowest level since 2003

Scottish corncrake numbers fall to lowest level since 2003

Corncrakes, one of Scotland’s rarest breeding birds, are becoming increasingly vulnerable here following a fall in their numbers for the third year running, RSPB Scotland has warned.

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Crofting – Geese Management Schemes

Crofting – Geese Management Schemes

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed disappointment that the management schemes to control the population of geese from damaging croft lands are being discontinued with no firm sustainable plans to tackle the problem for the future.

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Plans in place for ferry services at Lochmaddy during works

Plan for ferry services during Lochmaddy works

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has set out its plans for ferry services affected by the essential maintenance work at Lochmaddy Harbour, which are scheduled to take place for one week from November 13.

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