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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Irvine Butterfield recognised with top Award

Irvine Butterfield – Perthshire based writer, photographer and mountain enthusiast – was today granted the John Muir Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dundee Mountain Festival. Irvine has dedicated his life to the conservation of wild land and has authored many books on our High Mountains. The most recent, The Magic of Munros, was published in 2005. Irvine is only the fourth person to be granted a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 26 years of the Trust’s life. Irvine Butterfield’s enthusiasm for mountain country and wild land in Scotland dates back to the inception of the John Muir Trust in

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Star gazing spots sought

The short days and long dark nights may be a winter curse to many hill walkers but a Scottish project is seeking to get people to use this time to appreciate the stars and report the best places to view them. Astronomers from the Dark Sky Scotland programme are working with the John Muir Trust and Forestry Commission Scotland to help communities and outdoor learning providers find local Dark Sky Discovery sites as part of the build up to International Year of Astronomy 2009. Every community in Scotland, even in the towns and cities, has a local open space that

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Scottish Beavers Arrive in UK

The Scottish Beaver Trial took one step closer to the UK’s first native mammal reintroduction when four beaver families arrived in Heathrow last night. The beavers, originally from Norway, will now spend six months in quarantine before being released in Knapdale, mid-Argyll on a time-limited trial basis in spring 2009. The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), project partners for the Scottish Beaver Trial, enlisted the help of a specialist team to assist them with the capture of the beaver families from the Telemark region of Norway in September. For the last two months,

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New Boss for JMT

The John Muir Trust has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Stuart Brooks, who will take over on 1st March 2009. Stuart, 39, is presently the Director of Conservation with the Scottish Wildlife Trust a post he has held since 2002. He said, “I am absolutely delighted to take up the post of Chief Executive at the John Muir Trust and am looking forward to working with staff, trustees and volunteers to secure a better future for our most spectacular and important wild land areas. I feel very privileged to be joining a membership organisation that has already

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Plea for no new cairns on Ben Nevis

John Muir Trust volunteer work parties have completed a gruelling five year programme to remove more than 120 unsightly cairns from the summit of Ben Nevis. Now the Trust is asking walkers not to build any news ones. Around twenty cairns have been left along the main path close to the summit. The John Muir Trust – owners of Ben Nevis since 2000 – has cleared these cairns to preserve the wild and remote feeling at the top of Britain’s highest mountain. The cairns were also being used as rubbish bins and their proliferation could give people a false sense

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Moray Way path proposal

A proposal for a circular long distance walking route for Moray is to be discussed at a public meeting later this month. The idea would be to create a route, over 100 miles long, linking parts of the Speyside Way, the Moray Coastal Trail and the Dava Way. The people behind the idea say that the walk would pass through many small towns and villages, with the opportunity to make the walking days very flexible. The route would contain all the elements of a really great walking experience, with beautiful coastal scenes, the River Spey and its distilleries and the

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Winter season under way in Highlands

Last week brought the first sustained cold snap in the Highlands, bringing snow to most mountain summits and icy conditions in many places. For skilled mountaineers this is the season when the Scottish Hills can bring their greatest rewards, but it is also a time when the hills are full of danger for the unsuspecting. Every year there are many accidents which could have been avoided to hillwalkers who couldn’t cope with the conditions. Remember – there is no such thing as winter hillwalking – it’s mountaineering. In winter every hillwalker heading for summits above the snow line needs to

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Walkhighlands scoops Scottish Thistle Award

Walkhighlands beat stiff competition from the National Trust for Scotland and Wilderness Scotland to win the innovation category of the Scottish Thistle Awards, from a field of almost 70 entrants. The award was presented by veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett, who confirmed that he was indeed the first person to climb all the Corbetts and that they were named after him. This conversation took place during an evening when much food and drink was consumed and we may have misheard him slightly. VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards are regarded as the Oscars of the tourism industry and are now in their 17th year.

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