• What’s your favourite wild flower? Now you can take part in a national choice to register your vote along with the rest of the UK, in a quest to find our favourite wild flower. 

  • UK dog owners are being warned to keep Easter treats away from pets after figures released today from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) revealed that over half of UK vets (54%) had treated at least one case of chocolate poisoning over Easter 2014.

  • This April, East Lothian’s award-winning Mercat Grill has something for all the family with an ‘Easter Treasure Hunt’ for the children and a ‘Charity Race Night’ for grown-ups!

  • The Government has struck a £5bn deal with service providers to improve mobile phone signals for hundreds of thousands of people living in the countryside, with 85% of the UK to be covered within three years.

  • THE CHINESE New Year, Year of the Goat, starts this Thursday, February 19.

  • A new website has being launched which promises to offer the ultimate package for countryside lovers.

  • CRIME WRITER farmer James Oswald is to expand his Highland cattle herd after securing a new three book publishing deal with Penguin.

  • Langholm Show was the chosen venue for the Dumfries and Galloway region sheep young handler decider and it proved a tough competition to judge, with all the competitors showing stocksman skills far beyond their age.

  • Food lovers were offered a treat last weekend with the inaugural show of Eat Drink Discover Scotland, an event showcasing the diversity of food and drink on offer from Scottish producers.

  • MORE than 20 teams of four, plus their staunch support drivers and cheerers on, flocked to the Highlands last week to take part in the 63km RSABI Great Glen Challenge, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers solicitors, which ran from Invermoriston to Neptune's Staircase at Fort William.