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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Climber dies after fall in Skye Cuillin

A climber has died after suffering serious head injuries in an 80ft (24m) fall in the Cuillin range on Skye on Friday 30 May. His companion raised the alarm at 12:30 following the accident in the Whispering Wall area on Sgurr a Mhadaidh. The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter was called and airlifted the injured man to Broadford Hospital on Skye, where he was pronounced dead. Northern Constabulary Police will now prepare a full report on the incident.

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Cairngorm Mountain railway put into public ownership

The financially-troubled company which runs the Cairngorm funicular railway has been has been transferred to the ownership of Highlands and Islands Enterprise in a deal which will reduce the Company’s debt. Highlands and Islands already owned the land and the railway and will now own the operating company, with the day to day management likely to be put out to tender. The Company has been hampered by massive debt since it built the railway in 2001. Conservations bitterly opposed the building of the attraction because of the impact on the fragile and very rare ecosytem of the high Cairngorms. Campaigners

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Danish walker rescued on TGO Challenge

A Danish walker taking part in the TGO Challenge to cross Scotland was rescued on 12 May after falling ill in Glen Etive. Although only a few miles from the main road in Glencoe, Glen Etive is relatively remote and the walker was rescued after activating an electronic distress beacon. The signal was picked up 4,000 miles away in the States and passed on to the Police in Fort William and a helicopter rescue was co-ordinated by the RAF. The RAF said it was the first time a SPOT satellite tracker device has triggered a rescue. The device uses GPS

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Dead beaver found on Black Isle beach

The body of a beaver has been recovered from the shore at Eathie on the Black Isle. The dead beaver was found in April and police are now investigating whether it was released into the wild illegally. Once native to Britain, beavers were hunted to extinction more than 400 years ago. It is illegal to release beavers into the wild, although there are plans to release them in Argyll under a licensed scheme. However there have recently been reports that beavers may have been released near Aberfeldy in Perthshire and also in Angus and Fife where damage to trees has

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2008 Bill Wallace awards announced

This Saturday (3rd of May) Tom Pendrey will pack his kayak with food, equipment and a solar panel and set off to paddle the length of the Western Isles to promote sustainable lifestyles. Committed to sustainable living, Tom’s 150 mile journey will leave little trace on the planet. Tom is one of three expeditions that are being sponsored this year by the John Muir Trust’s 2008 Bill Wallace Grant. “Now in its second year the Bill Wallace Grant is for expeditions that raise awareness of and help to conserve wild places,” commented JMT Development Manager Dave Picken. “I wish this

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