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Monthly Archives: August 2008

NTS Launches Footpath Appeal

The National Trust for Scotland is asking its supporters to leave more than footprints at the mountain ranges under its care – the conservation charity is looking for donations to help maintain its mountain paths. The Trust, which looks after some of Scotland’s most popular mountain landscapes, including Torridon, Glencoe and Kintail, is launching a public appeal to raise funds for ongoing repairs to pathways in these areas. Through its Sole Trading appeal, the charity hopes to raise £80,000 this year to fund the specialist, ongoing repair work needed to protect this fragile environment. Trust is mailing the appeal to

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Trees for Life buy estate in Glenmoriston

Half a million native trees will be planted in Glen Moriston following Tree’s for Life’s purchase of the Dundreggan Estate. The charity, which has bought over 4,000 hectares in a £1.6 million deal, plans to re-connect the forest between Glen Moriston and Glen Affric. The site currently has about 100 hectares of ancient woodland. Trees for Life, based in Findhorn, Moray, has already been involved in a number of other projects including the planting of thousands of native tree in Glen Affric. The aim is that the forest will provide a habitat for many species, including wood ants and black

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Woods for Nature to help 6 key species

Six key species will be helped in a new programme to create better habits within Scotland’s woodlands. The Forestry Commission will focus on the capercaillie, black grouse, red squirrel, pearl-bordered fritillary, chequered skipper butterfly and juniper as important, but threatened, species. The projects, across all of Scotland, will seek to increase biodiversity by improving habitats. For example open areas within woodlands will be created to increase the amount of blaeberry growing, an important food for the capercaillie and also to provide areas where the bird is more likely to successfully breed. Environment Minister Mike Russell launched the plan at the

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Walkhighlands up for Thistle Award

Walkhighlands.co.uk is one of 41 top tourism businesses which have made it through to the finals of VisitScotland’s prestigious Thistle awards this year. The coveted accolades, regarded as Tourism’s Oscars, celebrate quality and innovation. The 2008 winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh on the 24th October. Now in their 17th year, the awards are open to all businesses operating in Scotland’s tourism industry and businesses can enter as many of the 11 categories as appropriate. Walkhighlands has been shortlisted in the Innovation category, sponsored by Scottish Enterprise, and faces stiff competition from Edinburgh-based Wilderness Scotland and

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Bank Holiday sale on Quo mapping

Quo digital mapping is offering 15% off any of its products and maps until 25 August. Quo first came to our attention due to its low prices for digital Ordnance Survey maps – up to half the price of its competitors. Would the downside be software that was difficult to use or with less options than Memory Map or Anquet? To our surprise, we found that the answer is no – we found Quo to be the easiest to use and most fully featured mapping software on the market. We like it so much that we partnered with Mapyx to

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Met Office surveys walkers

The Met Office is running a survey asking walkers how they use weather forecasts as part of a review of the Public Weather Service. The aim of the consultation is to better understand and prioritise the needs of people who spend time in the hills and mountains of Scotland. There will be similar consultation in Wales, Northern Ireland and England. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is cooperating with the research and the survey can be found at their website. Anyone filling in the survey can enter a raffle to win a VIP tour of the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter

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Marine litter pollutes Knoydart

Litter ranging from a chemical toilet to drums full of oil and even the odd hairbrush have been collected by volunteers in Knoydart. Beach cleaning on the Knoydart peninsula, one of Britain’s most remote stretches of coastline, has revealed the full extent of marine litter in our seas. Over the past month work parties of volunteers for the Friends of Knoydart and the John Muir Trust have recovered the equivalent of over 300 large plastic bags of rubbish from 3.5 kilometres of coastline between Sandaig & Doune on the west of Knoydart. This is the first time that this area

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2008 Hillphones service for walkers launched

The Hillphones service that aims to prevent clashes between walkers and deer stalkers is up and running again for this year’s stalking season. The service works by giving hill walkers numbers to call recorded messages for each estate telling them when and where stalking will be taking place and any restrictions on access. This year, 13 estates across the Highlands are taking part. Although the deer stalking season runs between 1 July and 20 October, most stalking actually takes place in August and usually no stalking occurs on Sundays. In addition to the pocket-sized brown and green Hillphones leaflets which

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Medi patch to be tested by Mountain Rescue

Researchers from Aberdeen University are at the stage of testing a new stick-on patch which could help Mountain Rescue Teams monitor the health of casualties during rescues. The new patch would be placed on the casualty and would monitor vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate. This information could then be transmitted by the patch to hospital doctors. At the moment rescue teams monitor the health of each casualty, but during long or difficult evacuations this can mean stopping the stretcher and opening up covers and clothing to check the heart rate for example. The University of Aberdeen

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Male climber dies on Slioch

Northern Constabulary police report that they were called about a fall on Slioch at 6pm on Sunday 3 August. The Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and helicopters from Stornoway coastguard and RAF Lossiemouth were also called to the scene. A 42 year old male climber had apparently fallen 40 metres on Slioch near Kinlochewe in Wester Ross. The man was airlifted to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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