Children who sit too much 'more likely to get depressed'

Children who spend lots of time sitting still are more likely to develop depression by the age of 18, a study suggests.

Researchers at University College London looked at the activity levels of 4,257 12- to 16-year-olds.

Read the full article on the BBC News website.

Rare white squirrel photographed in Royal Deeside

A rare white squirrel has been photographed in Royal Deeside.

Experts said it was believed to be a red rather than a grey squirrel as it had the hairy ear tufts absent in greys.

The squirrel was snapped by conservationists working to protect red squirrel populations in the north east of Scotland.

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Take Pride in Your Beach this summer

The start of this year’s bathing season at Broughty Ferry is being used to remind people to Take Pride in the award-winning beach this summer.

For the 16th year running, the quality of the sands have been recognised with a Scotland’s Beach Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Read the full article on Dundee City Council's website.

'Fear' of killer shrimp may threaten rivers

An invasive "killer shrimp" that has reached UK rivers could be altering the behaviour of other species through fear alone.

A study shows that the mere presence of the "alien" crustacean can make other species less effective at the tasks they perform in aquatic ecosystems.

Read the full article on the BBC News website.

Beavers given protected status in Scotland

Wildlife organisations have welcomed new legislation making beavers a protected species in Scotland.

It is now illegal to kill beavers or destroy established dams and lodges without licence.

Read more on the BCC's website.