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Cameron McNeish

Mike Tomkies – An Appreciation

I WAS saddened to hear of the death of the wildlife writer and naturalist Mike Tomkies, a man who penned some of the most riveting accounts of living in the natural world alongside golden eagles, wildcats and pine martens. He ...

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Our picks: Autumn Scotland

It's autumn, and the glens are quiet - or would be, were it not for the roaring stags. The leaves are turning and the midges are gone; is there a better time to get out and about in Scotland's countryside? ...

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Ben Dolphin

The State of Nature and the Sixth Great Extinction

On 14th September the national TV stations, airwaves and social media were buzzing, obsessed with just one massive headline. The story had broken two days earlier but every subsequent day brought new earth-shaking revelations that required still more analysis and ...

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David Lintern

Paddling the Scottish Everglades

David Lintern makes an amphibious journey to the wild woods of Knapdale, on the trail of a real amphibian - the Eurasian beaver. We arrived late and set up our not so stealthy camp in the dark, a little too close ...

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Our picks: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan

On the remote northern coast of Aberdeenshire, looking out over the Moray Firth, lie three of Scotland's most picturesque villages: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan. Gardenstown (locally known as the Gamrie) is much the largest of the three. A steep, steep road ...

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David Lintern

The fire that never goes out

David Lintern pays his respects at the Craigallian Fire memorial. After last month’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of British conservation all the way up in Torridon, I wanted to take a look at something much closer to home, but just as ...

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Large rockfall closes path up Nevis Gorge

Following a serious rockfall from the slopes above the Nevis Gorge overnight on 13-14 September, the John Muir Trust has closed the Steall Gorge path in the interests of public safety, pending remedial work, which could take between two and ...

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Cameron McNeish

Mountain Weather Forecasts – the Need for Transparency

Since this story was published, continued funding for the Mountain Weather Information Service has been agreed. See update at foot of page. WHAT a brouhaha there was when it was announced that SportScotland was stopping funding for the Mountain Weather Information ...

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