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Water-wise appeal for Stornoway after dry spell

Scottish Water is asking customers in Stornoway to use their water wisely as a result of prolonged dry weather in the area.

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One Risso's dolphin calf swimming with an adult dolphin atypical of Risso's. Copyright: Peter Hazlehurst

Encounter with possible dolphin-hybrid off Islands

A sighting of a dolphin sharing characteristics of both a bottlenose dolphin and a Risso’s dolphin was photographed by Peter and Rach Hazlehurst close to the shore of the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse.

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It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

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Look out for the Hebridean Whale Trail

Look out for the Hebridean Whale Trail

A new marine nature trail is being developed by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

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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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Forty-five of turbines currently granted planning permission will be sited in the Eishken area.''This image by Sandie Maciver of SandiePhotos Photography is taken from Airidh 'a Bhruaich in South Lochs, looking across Upper Loch Seaforth to the hills of Harris.

Largest wind turbines on land proposed for Lewis

Energy giant EDF is living up to its name as it has been revealed that the power multi-national, through partner ‘Lewis Wind Power’, is considering increasing the size of its turbines to be located in Lewis.

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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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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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