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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Consultation on Cairngorms National Park boundary changes

The public is being consulted about plans to extend the Cairngorms National Park into Perth and Kinross to include the area around Calvine, Blair Atholl and the Spittal of Glenshee. It excludes Struan and Killecrankie. The twelve-week consultation gives people the chance to tell the Scottish Government where they think the new boundary should be and also how many people from each local authority should sit on the Park Authority after the boundary changes. The consultation is being run by Scottish Natural Heritage and further details can be found here

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Midge numbers down in North and West Scotland

The number of midges in the north and west Scotland has been falling recently. At the same time midge numbers in Northern Ireland and parts of South West England and Wales have been increasing. However a midge expert said that this was likely to be due to local weather conditions each year rather than a general shift of the insects south as a result of climate change. The BBC reported that Dr Alison Blackwell, from Edinburgh University, said that midge levels down south and in Northern Ireland were unlikely to reach the levels found in parts of Scotland. “Midges need

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Glen Nevis airbed race to raise funds for MRT

This Saturday, competitors will plunge down a two mile stretch of the Glen Nevis River clinging only to flimsy airbeds to raise funds for Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. The race has been started up again after a six-year absence. Older or more nostaligic readers will remember a terrified-looking John Noakes taking part in the race for Blue Peter in the 1970’s. Competitors start by hurling themselves off a ledge at the head of the glen, before plunging into the river and later dropping down a 9 metre waterfall at Lower Falls Leap (pictured). In between they must negotiate pinch points

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Tyndrum gold mine may reopen soon

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park planners are due to decide on the future of the gold mine at Conoish near Tyndrum soon. Scotgold Resources have ordered specialist drilling equipment from Chile and South America to enable them to start exploratory work at the mine. The site covers 2,200 square kilometres, very near the Ben Lui National Nature Reserve and regenerating forest areas. Some of the area still bears the scars from the previous work carried out by Fynegold Exploration who used to own the site but the new plans are likely to cover a much larger area. The

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Campers’ helicopter rescue on Arran

Five people camping at the Glenrosa campsite on the Isle of Arran had to be winched to safety by a helicopter early this morning after a river broke its banks. Heavy rain in southern Scotland meant that the campers became cut off on a mini island created by the river in spate. The Royal Navy Helicopter was scrambled at approximately 8 o’clock this morning and the campers were airlifted to a local community centre. The rest of the campsite was evacuated and at one point during the rescue operation the campsite owner waded into the swollen water to try to

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Bridge collapse at Sligachan

The walker’s bridge that provides access on the main routes to Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Bastier has collapsed and can no longer be used. It is possible to wade across above Alltdearg House but local reports suggest that this would be impassable and dangerous after wet weather. Walkers and climbers therefore need to take extreme care when planning routes especially if planning to use this crossing as a return route from the Cuillin. The bridge is at NG483296. Updates on the situation will be posted here.

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Help repair footpaths on Ben Nevis

Friends of Nevis is now in a position to offer opportunities, with full training, in path maintenance and repair work on Ben Nevis this summer. We are planning to carry out repairs and maintenance on sections of the path from John’s Wall to the CIC hut and path construction expert, Bob Brown, has agreed to lead volunteer work parties and offer training and insights into this fascinating area of work. This is a great chance for anyone looking to “put something back” into the Ben in a hands on/practical and outdoor environment, with all equipment and plenty of support provided,

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