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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Lewis wind farm decision – a victory for wilderness and walkers?

Plans by Lewis Windpower for a huge wind farm at Barvas Moor in Lewis were refused consent last week. Ministers have concluded that the proposed 181 turbine Lewis Wind Farm would have a serious impact on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area, which is designated under the EC Birds Directive and protected under the EC Habitats Directive. Energy Minister Jim Mather re-iterated his commitment to renewable energy development in the Western Isles. The Scottish Government has already pledged to find a way to help the Western Isles share in the economic and community benefits of renewable energy, in harmony with

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Ramblers victory in Scottish Access case

Ramblers Scotland President Dennis Canavan today welcomed the court decision which upheld public rights of access to the majority of the Boquhan estate near Kippen, Stirlingshire. Stirling Council and the Ramblers’ Association had opposed an application by Mr Euan Snowie of Boquhan for a declarator to exempt 40 acres of his estate from access rights in a court hearing held during May 2007. A locked gate which prevented access along an access route into the estate will now have to be opened up. Dennis Canavan said: “We are delighted with Sheriff Cubie’s decision which reflects the intentions of the Scottish

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Walkers asked to look for Ptarmigan

Walkers on Goatfell, Ben Lomond and Ben Lawers are being asked to play their part in a National Trust for Scotland survey of the Ptarmigan population. The sightings will contribute to a detailed survey to be carried out by the conservation charity this year and will go some way to assessing possible climate change effects on the Trust’s high mountain peaks. The survey will provide reliable population information for one of Scotland’s most popular mountain birds, the Ptarmigan. The data will allow conservationists to examine the changing patterns of the bird’s populations, with a particular focus on any effects from a

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Ben Nevis climber hit by falling ice

A 51 year old climber from Cumbria has been rescued from Ben Nevis after being hit by falling ice. Reportedly he was ascending the left Indicator Wall route on the North Face. Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team reached the man yesterday and he was airlifted by helicopter to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

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JMT objects to Schiehallion path designation

Perthshire and Kinross Council have proposed that the normal route up Schiehallion should be included in the Core Path network. The owners of Schiehallion, conservation body The John Muir Trust, has objected on the grounds that this could lead visitors to beleive the ascent is easy, equating the hillwalk with other low level routes designated as Core Paths. “While we completely support the development of a Core Path Network in Perthshire, we do not think that this route fits the P&K Councils own criteria of what makes a core path,” commented Andrew Campbell, Land Manager for the John Muir Trust.

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Special offer on Quo PRO for Scotland

Walk Highlands have teamed up with Mapyx to bring you a great and exclusive special offer on mapping software for your PC. QUO PRO Scotland – which includes the full version of Quo and the complete Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 Landranger mapping for Scotland – is available at a 20% discount via the Walk Highlands website until the 31st May 2008. The normal price is £54.95 but this offer saves you £10.99 to give you all the mapping for Scotland and the best GPS software for walkers for just £43.96! Check that out against the huge cost of the high

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Wreckage of plane found on Cairngorm

The wreckage of the light airplane that went missing yesterday morning has been found on Cairn Gorm. The remains were located by the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team about a kilometre from the funicular railway. Police confirmed that a body was found in the wreckage and were contacting next of kin. The plane had lost contact with traffic controllers at 11am yesterday morning whilst flying from Carlisle to Wick. Two rescue helicopters and three rescue teams had been involved in the search that followed.

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Plane missing over Cairngorms

A light airplane with one person on board lost contact with air traffic controllers just before lunchtime today.  The plane, which was flying from Carlisle to Wick near the north coast, was last seen close to the Ptarmigan restaurant at the top of the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Eyewitnesses reported hearing the plane and then a loud bang. Weather conditions in the area are poor with snow showers and low visibility; two rescue helicopters are currently searching the area. 

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