Environment A baby northern gannet stands next to one of its parents

The first “world championship” for eating pickled baby gannets, known as “guga”, has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by clubbing  them with sticks.

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Obituary: Robert Barr

IN PRAISING Robert Barr's storytelling skills [5 February], Leonard Miall concentrated on his subject's fame as a television- rather than a radio-drama innovator, and creator in part of such huge popular and critical successes as Z-Cars (watched at one stage by virtually the entire television-owning population), Softly Softly, and the Spycatcher series, writes Jack Adrian.

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Jewellery supremo Lesley Craze began with nothing more than 10 weeks' training and a passion for precious metals. Imogen Fox reports

Hedgehog threat to nesting birds

A DARKER side to Mrs Tiggywinkle was revealed by scientists yesterday in a Beatrix Potter tale for the Nineties.

Obituary: J. Morton Boyd

GOING FOR a walk in the countryside or on the moors with J. Morton Boyd was an incredible and enriching experience. His powers of observation of nature were stupendous. Quite simply, he helped to educate us all. For 15 years - from 1971 to 1985 - he was Director of the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland.

Drink: Islay takes the high road

Michael Jackson celebrates the Glorious Twelfth and the resurgence of Island single malts

'Is it safe to go canoeing with killer whales?'

UK OUTDOORS; It may sound like the stuff of movies but you don't have to be an expert paddler to commune with killer whales from a kayak. Rupert Isaacson reports

Letter: Gaelic voters

Sir: My sympathies to Stephen Goodwin ("Nationalists play for real in battle for Isles", 21 April), who felt "frozen out" by the quixotic decision of Anne Lorne Gillies, herself a Gaelic speaker, to talk to the voters of South Uist and Eriskay in their native language. Such signs of individuality should be stamped out wherever they are encountered - they'll be wanting their own country next.

Wind-swept orphans in Illinois

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Love and redemption

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George Henderson, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977 to 1992 and Primus of the Episcopal Church 1990-92, was a remarkable personality both in the Scottish Episcopal Church and in the local community.
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