The race to save "Ratty" is being run in Fife, as the region rolls out its bio-diversity action plan.
Angus anglers are blaming the drought for poor catches and are saying the county's two major rivers are at their lowest levels in living memory.
Recent research shows "hopeful signs" for the recovery of the world-renowned Loch Leven brown trout.
A Dundee explorer taking part in a daring Antarctic expedition in the footsteps of his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton has been battling 107mph winds in the Cairngorms to prepare.
The trouble with centenaries is that the weather can often spoil the festivities, writes Garry Fraser.