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Pollen levels begin to peak

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As we make our way through May pollen levels begin to peak.

There is still plenty of tree pollen around - with grass pollen starting to have an impact.

95% of people with hayfever are affected by grass pollen.

You can keep a track of the pollen season, and what is yet to come, here:

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South of Scotland beaches classed as 'poor'

Eyemouth beach has been classed as 'poor' Credit: ITV News Border

A number of beaches in the south of Scotland have failed to meet new EU standards and have been classed as 'poor'.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency say a total of 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters have been confirmed as achieving the new, much stricter, European water quality standards.

Southerness beach has been classed as 'good' Credit: ITV News Border

However, Pease Bay in Scottish Borders is the only beaches across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders to achieve a rating of 'excellent'.

The classifications given are as follows:

  • Pease Bay- Excellent
  • Brighouse Bay- Good
  • Coldingham- Good
  • Southerness- Good
  • Eyemouth- Poor
  • Mossyard- Poor
  • Rockcliffe- Poor
  • Sandyhills- Poor

Across Scotland's 84 bathing waters, the following classifications were given:

  • 17 beaches- Excellent
  • 38 beaches- Good
  • 12 beaches- Sufficient
  • 17 beaches- Poor

SEPA is putting together improvement plans to help each of the 'poor' bathing waters to reach a 'sufficient' standard by 2020.

“It is important to remember that a ‘poor’ classification does not necessarily mean that water quality is continually poor, and in many cases this is due to historic episodes of reduced water quality following heavy rainfall.

"These are still fantastic beaches to visit, and our network of electronic information signs provide advice and details about any current water quality issues at the majority of these bathing waters."

– Calum McPhail, SEPA Environmental Quality manager

WATCH: Donkey shows bull who's boss

A farmer from Dumfries is teaching his bulls how to behave on a halter- by having a donkey train them.

Richard McCornick breeds Charolais at Barnbackle Farm near Lochfoot and says the donkey, who he's named 'Donkey', helps calm his bulls.

It's the easiest way to halter break your cattle for the shows and sales. Donkey enjoys putting the bull through his paces.

"Donkeys seem to be growing in popularity recently for halter breaking cattle because they soon show the bull who's boss. They're such stubborn animals but Donkey isn't long with them!"

"It makes life so much easier, and it's also pretty funny to watch."

– Richard McCornick, Farmer, Ricnic Charlois

New Police Commander for the Scottish Borders

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The Lothians and Scottish Borders police division has welcomed Chief Superintendent Ivor Marshall as its new Divisional Commander.

Having the support of local communities is vitally important to our work so we will ensure that our values of integrity, fairness and respect sit at the heart of all that we do so that we maintain the trust and confidence of the people we serve.”

– CS Ivor Marshall, Divisional Commander, Police Scotland

CS Marshall replaces Chief Superintendent Gillian Imery, who has taken up a post seconded to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland.

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