'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.

Play park opens in Dundee after £97,000 upgrade

A new £97,000 play park in Dundee has welcomed its first visitors as it was officially opened.

The facility at Lochee Park was designed  to cater for children of all ages and abilities and to enhance and promote the park.

Read the full article on The Courier's website.

Lochee Park

Lyme Disease and Tick Awareness

Only a small number of ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. But it's still important to be aware of ticks and to safely remove them as soon as possible, just in case.

Find factsheets and videos on the Foresty Commission Scotland website.

Mat to Mountain: Skiing and Snowboarding in Scotland

Artificial and indoor ski slopes in Scotland provide an obvious stepping stone to Scotland’s ski resorts – and, then, potentially to travelling abroad to ski.  Read more on Fiona Outdoors blog.