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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Lochluichart windfarm approved

The Scottish Government has given final approval to a 17 turbine windfarm at Lochluichart between Achnasheen and Garve. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland was one of the bodies who objected to the proposal on the grounds that the turbines would be visible over a wide area and therefore spoil a wild but popular area and due to the likely adverse effects on wildlife, biodiversity, and the disturbance of large amounts of peat currently acting as a carbon store. The MCofS said in their submission that, “the proposed wind farm would be visible from a large number of hills, including the

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NTS says sew to save St Kilda puffins

The National Trust for Scotland, is looking for volunteers with a talent for sewing to make simple bags to help save lost puffin chicks on the Dual World Heritage Site, St Kilda.   Every year, dozens of pufflings become disorientated by lights from the buildings on the isolated island of Hirta and end up inland, instead of out at sea. Ranger staff, who live on the island throughout the summer, regularly rescue pufflings by placing them in small, cotton drawstrings bags to keep them safe, take them to the coast and release them out to sea.   Now, Property Manager

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Climbers spend night in snow hole on Liathach

Three climbers were forced to spend much of Sunday night in a snow-hole high on Liathach after they became stuck on the Torridon mountain as night fell. In a joint rescue with the Torridon Mountain Rescue team, the three men were airlifted to safety by an RAF Lossiemouth helicopter team at about 3 O’clock in the morning. None of the group required hospital treatment. The group were believed to be near the Fasarinen Pinnacles on the hardest part of the ridge when they got into difficulty. Unable to carry on, they summoned help and dug a snow hole to provide

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