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Arctic tern (Sterna paradisadea) feeding a sandeel to its newly fledged chick. All images courtesy of Scottish Natural Heritage

Birds flock back to mink-free Hebrides

Terns, waders, divers and ducks are ‘flocking back’ to their native Outer Hebrides, following the success of a complex and challenging 17-year programme to eradicate the American mink and its devastating effect on native wildlife.

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Red Deer and Rainbow by Cliff Reddick

Managing the Mammals of the Outer Hebrides

The release of a new publication of the mammals of Great Britain has brought mammals to the forefront of many people’s minds. Although the Western Isles are dominated by bird life, we do have mammals present on the long island which play their role in many different ways.

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The Lifestyle Lottery has raised thousands for community projects, which the Stornoway Amenity Trust will be putting to good use in the town this summer.

Town is set to scrub-up well for summer

Following on from the hugely successful Festive Season Lights Display, the Stornoway Amenity Trust have announced how they intend utilising the next pot of Western Isles Lottery (WILL) proceeds.

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Photographing minke whale from Silurian. Photo by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

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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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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