If you go down to the woods today, there are no big surprises. But if you go down to the woods in future years, there might be a 500kg bear staring back at you. Great for wildlife enthusiasts, but a frightening prospect to some locals. What are the arguments for and against reintroducing bears to Scotland's forests? By James McKean Over...
West Lothian Council yesterday issued an update on plans to reopen schools. ''The Scottish Government last week made an announcement on the transitional return to ‘face to face’ education in Scotland. West Lothian Council has been working on plans for a transitional return for some time and will be issuing further information to parents and carers in due course. We will be...
Five Sisters Zoo has announced the birth today of a rare Scottish Wildcat kitten. The zoo said: ''Scottish Wildcats form one of the most endangered cat populations in the world and were declared functionally extinct in the wild back in 2018. The breeding programme that we are proud to be part of is a lifeline for this fragile population and...
There is just one house on the market this month with a price tag of more than £1m, and it is in Linlithgow. The sale comprises three lots, but if bought as a whole this country house with eight bedrooms and nearly 100 acres could be yours for £1.1m Marketed through Davidson and Robertson, Belsyde House & Farm is a visually...
Every school in Scotland has been ranked from best to worst - and it is fantastic news if you live in West Lothian. Performance levels of pupils across the country have been graded in a league table, based on the percentage of school pupils gaining five or more highers. Figures, published by The Times, sees Glasgow's Jordanhill Secondary School again top...
Police in West Lothian are appealing for information following an assault on a 64-year old man. The incident happened at around 8.30pm on Monday, May 4, at Linlithgow Loch. A 64-year-old man was approached by two men, before being assaulted by one of them and pushed to the ground. The man did not sustain any injuries. The first suspect is described...
According to Zoopla, the cheapest property currently on the market is located in Stoneyburn. This excludes shared-ownership and land sales. For £45,000 you could buy a 1 bed flat in Park View, Stoneyburn. The upper floor 'enjoys a quiet location' and comprises hallway, lounge, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, parking and electric heating. With a 10% deposit, the mortgage cost would typically...
Dozens of West Lothian NHS and social care staff were screened for Covid-19 in just three days after a new testing centre was opened in Livingston on 23rd April. The facility opened in the grounds of West Lothian College and 73 key workers were tested for the virus during the first three days of opening. The new testing centre has the...
Linlithgow's popular Canal Fun Day and cardboard boat race which was due to take place on August 16th has been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. Mike Smith,vice-chairman at the Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS) stated: “It is unfortunate that the fun day and cardboard boat race has been cancelled. I cannot remember this happening previously. But so much preparation is...
The Five Sisters Zoo was officially established in 2005 with just a small collection of rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, and pigs. Since then the zoo has grown into an exciting collection of over 165 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from all around the world. The family run Five Sisters Zoo faced tragedy in 2013 when 48 species of...