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Fishing is 'a bit of our heritage'

A school trip as part of a project by the Nith Catchment Fisheries Trust is hoping to teach children about the fishing industry in South West Scotland.

It's hoped that it could inspire some of the children to become involved in the industry in adult life.

Local fisherman Peter Hutchinson says that fishing it part of their 'heritage' that he hopes will continue through the generations.

Scotch beef 'crisis' if prices continue to fall

Farmers in the Scottish Borders warn there will be a crisis in Scotch Beef if the prices they receive for prime cattle continues to drop.

In the last six months the cost of a prime cattle has fallen 25% from around £1,400 to £1,100. For some farmers, that's a loss of around £60,000 a year.

Farmers say that if the cost they receive for their cattle doesn't improve, they will have to give up producing livestock for beef.

"It has been almost like a perfect storm, there has been an increase in supply from the continent, we have seen the Irish price go tumbling down as well and we have also seen because of quite a soft winter a lot of animals coming onto the market at once, compounding the issue."

– NFU Scotland Livestock Policy manager John Sleigh

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Young people in Borders prepare for Queen's Baton

Batonbearer Ashley Cooper (far right) with the Queen's Baton on ITV's Good Morning Britain in London Credit: PA

Coldstream is preparing for the arrival of The Queen's Baton in Scotland this Saturday, 14th June. Many young people will play a central role in the celebrations.

A team of 74 young flag bearers, aged 13-26, will carry the flags of 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Three protocol flags will be carried by the Scottish Borders Youth Legacy Ambassadors. The flag bearers could take part if they achieved the Saltire award for 100 hours of volunteering.

They will form a guard of honour on Coldstream Bridge from 7am and take part in events at Henderson Park later in the morning.

Taylor Lyle, 18, from Hawick said:

“I was ecstatic when I found out I’d been selected as a flag bearer. I’ll be holding the Samoan flag. With the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Scotland, it brings pride and great opportunities to the country. For me, it's an opportunity to find out more about it and what it represents.”

Racing driver gets hands on at Le Mans

Allan McNish (centre), Loïc Duval (left) and Tom Kristensen Credit: Audi UK Sport Press

Dumfries-born racing driver, Allan McNish, has left his mark on Le Mans.

He was joined by fellow 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour race winners Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen at the official unveiling of the "hand print" in Le Mans town centre.

A cast of the winning driver's hands are taken immediately after the prize giving ceremony following the race each year and then cast in bronze and laid into the pavement in the town.

Three-time Le Mans winner McNish is at this year's Le Mans race next weekend (14th -15th June) in an ambassadorial role for Audi Sport.

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Bridging the 'gender gap': Opinions of women towards the referendum

There's just 100 days of campaigning left for Scottish independence. Both sides have been focusing their attention on securing the female vote, believing women are key to victory.

In a recent poll by Ipsos Mori for STV, the majority of women wanted Scotland to stay in the union.

Reporter Matthew Taylor's has been to find out if any of this is having an impact on the women who really matter, the ones who will be voting on 18 September.

Tweed Valley's osprey chicks die

Three chicks, in this year's Tweed Valley Osprey Project, have died after the adult female fled the nest for days.

The male stayed at the nest with fish for the female but she didn't return.

It is thought that the wet and changing weather will have made it difficult for the chicks to survive without their mother.

"The death of the chicks has been a real shock to all those who have been following this osprey family for the last ten years. Everyone was thrilled to be watching what we thought was the 11th successful year of breeding. Nature can be very cruel at times but you have to let it take its course."

– Diane Bennett, Osprey Information Officer for the project aid

In the last fortnight the project has celebrated their 10th anniversary with the launch of a book, 'Tweed Valley Ospreys', which has contributions from children of St Ronan's Primary School.

Body found in primary school grounds

Two neighbouring schools in southern Scotland have been shut following the discovery of a body in the grounds.

Annan Academy and Hecklegirth Primary are the subject of emergency closures.

The area has been cordoned off while investigations into the incident are carried out. The two schools - which have a combined number of about 1,200 pupils - are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

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