Concerns have been reported across the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye as well as other island groups about the installation of home energy products.

Now Trading Standards teams across the North of Scotland are reminding householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals offering to install home energy products.

Barra's Amanda Anderson will be judging at the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships next month.

Amanda, from Barra Oysters, will be joined by Clare MacDougall from Seafood Scotland at the ShuckOff competition.  

Merlins have been reappearing on Barra in the past few days, says Bruce Taylor.

"Through the autumn they are often our most frequently seen bird of prey on the island," said the Barra-based 'birder'  on Twitter at the weekend.