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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Snow stops Loch Garten Osprey watchers

Heavy snow in Badenoch and Strathspey means that the Loch Garten Osprey centre is unlikely to open for viewing as planned tomorrow (1 April). Although EJ, the female Osprey, returned to the nest site recently, 60cm of fresh snow, means that she has sought shelter elsewhere and that visitors are unlikely to be able to make it safely to the viewing area. Although the RSPB plans to try and open the site, it is recommending that visitors postpone their visit to leave time for car parks and roads to be cleared. The same advice applies to the popular Caper-Watch which

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Ice Axes on Eurostar

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has clarified the procedure that mountaineers need to follow if they wish to travel with ice tools on Eurostar trains. Eurostar has a policy of not allowing certain items that could be used as weapons within the cabin baggage carried by passengers. The following section is from the “Prohibited Items” section of their website: “Any article which is inherently dangerous or which could be used to commit an act of violence or threat will also not be allowed. For example items such as imitation, replica or toy guns, ice axes, household cutlery, camping tools,

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Trapped man dies on Ben More

A man who became trapped by a rock on Ben More, near Crianlarich, has died. The 62 year old became trapped on the Munro on Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene. An extensive rescue effort was made including the Killin Mountain Rescue Team, firefighters and ambulance staff who used 4X4 vehicles to try and reach the man, who has not yet been named.

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Expeditions Archive Online

The MCofS (Mountaineering Council of Scotland) has launched an on-line database of expedition reports on its website. The reports are from mountaineering expeditions, climbing trips and individuals based in Scotland that have received grant support from the MCofS. There are over 70 reports going back to 1981, when the MCofS was able to support expeditions for the first time with funding from sportscotland (then called the Scottish Sports Council). The areas of the world visited and the style of expedition are varied, from ski mountaineering crossings of Greenland, first ascents of remote peaks in the Coast Range of British Columbia

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Famous osprey back at Loch of the Lowes

The bird thought to be oldest breeding female of its kind ever recorded in the UK has returned for the 20th consecutive year to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve astonishing wildlife experts, it was announced by the SWT today (25 March). Spotted landing on her usual nesting site, known as an eyrie, at 2.00 pm on 23 March, this female osprey, estimated to now be 25 years of age which is over three times the average lifespan of an osprey, has once again completed a 3,000 mile migration from West Africa to her summer

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Ordnance Survey mapping goes free

Gordon Brown announced in a major speech this morning that he is going to make “a wide range of Ordnance Survey mapping data free for commercial reuse from 1 April”. This follows a consultation carried out by the OS over the last few months on whether mapping data, including their 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 maps, should be made available for free use. The government response to the consultation will be published shortly. All these maps, both 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 for the whole of the UK, have already been made available free on Walkhighlands GPS route planner system

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Julia Bradbury to be Ramblers President

TV presenter, Julia Bradbury, is due to become the next president of the Ramblers. The nomination was announced today with her presidency expected to be confirmed at the Ramblers general council on April 10th. Julia will follow in the footsteps of previous president’s Janet Street-Porter and Floella Benjamin. Julia has recently been voted No 1 Walking Celebrity of the year by the Ramblers Walk Magazine readers, and has presented a host of outdoor programmes notably the Wainwright Walks series and Countryfile. Julia commented that her objective was to get Britain on its feet. She said: “For too long walking has

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Bird of Prey Killings Increase

The number of Scottish birds of prey being killed with poison in has increased. Last year 22 poisoning incidents were recorded by Police resulting in 27 dead birds of prey, including 19 buzzards, four red kites and two golden eagles. Scotland’s Environment Minister Rosanna Cunningham said the figures were a “wake-up call” to those who thought such poisonings were on the wane. The highest number of incidents were Tayside, where nine poisonings recorded. Five birds were killed in Lothian and Borders, three in Strathclyde and three in the Highlands. The most common type of poison used to kill the animals

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Nevis Partnership to Close Down

The Nevis Partnership, a charity set up to manage and help enhance the Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis environment is to shut down following a funding crisis. The charity which formed in 2003 says it has sufficient funds to operate throughout 2011 but will wind down its operation during that time including the loss of the three employees. It is likely that the associated voluntary organisation, The Friends of Nevis, which Walkhighlands is a member, will continue to operate. Since 2003 the Nevis Partnership has secured almost £3million to undertake footpath maintenance work on Ben Nevis; improved access to the

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Ben Nevis navigation cairns buried in snow

Visitors to Ben Nevis summit may be surprised to learn that some of the newly erected 1.8m high cairns constructed to aid navigation have been virtually buried in snow. The MCofS Mountain Safety Advisor Heather Morning, warns hillwalkers and climbers visiting the summit of Ben Nevis to be extra vigilant. The three cairns which mark the change in bearing around the top of Gardyloo Gully are now virtually buried in snow. Careful attention should be paid to judging distance by pacing and walking on a bearing in poor visibility to descend off the summit plateau safely. More details regarding navigating

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