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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Hillphones service resumes

The Hillphones service detailing access arrangements for deer stalking starts operating for the season again from 1 July. The Hillphones service provides information to enable hillwalkers and climbers to find out where red deer stalking is taking place over the stag stalking season, between the 1st July and the 20th October, on certain estates. Click here to visit the Hillphones website and find the list of areas and telephone numbers. The current system, which involves phoning a number for each of the 12 areas that take part in the scheme and listening to a recorded message, is due to be

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MCofS Annual Meet date announced

The Mountaineeering Council of Scotland (MCofS) will hold its Annual Meet on 4 September this year. The day of activities to be followed by a social evening and meal, will also include the AGM and will be held at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore. Throughout the day, MCofS members will be enjoy dry-tooling, rock climbing or a “how to train” hill running session. More relaxed alternatives include GPS training; a visit to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team Base; a half-day tour of the Cairngorm plateau and corries; a minimal impact mountaineering workshop; and a chance to learn how search and rescue

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More Sea Eagles arrive for east Scotland

Another batch of sea eagle chicks have just been flown in to Edinburgh as part of a reintroduction project for the east of Scotland. The 19 white tailed eagle chicks were welcomed at Edinburgh Airport by Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham. The five-week old chicks will stay at a secret location in Fife until they have developed their flight feathers. The RSPB is running the project and has previously introduced sea eagles successfully in the area, following a much longer and successful project on the west coast which began in the 1970s. Ms Cunningham said, “The white tailed sea eagle was

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Walker dies on Ben Nevis

A man collapsed and died whilst on a walking trip to Ben Nevis yesterday morning (26 June). Fort William police were notified about an incident on the mountain at around half past eight on Saturday morning and members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team attended. Assisted by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Kinloss the body was recovered from the mountain. The police say that enquiries are ongoing to inform all next of kin and details of the deceased will not be released until this has been done. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, Fort William in

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Petitions launched to protect wild land

The John Muir Trust (JMT) has launched two petitions to urge the UK and Scottish governments to give greater protection to the country’s last remaining wild land. The petition in Scotland calls for wild land to be protected by a new environmental designation. The petition for the UK calls for National Park areas to be expanded and created to cover the best areas of wild land. Helen McDade, head of policy at the JMT, said: “We aim to use these petitions to send a clear signal to the government that many thousands of people care passionately about wild land and

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Posted in Nature

Banana skins top offender in Nevis clean up

During the first litter pick of the year, the most common item found on Ben Nevis was the humble banana skin. Conservationists have previously estimated that there are over 1000 banana skins on the summit of Ben Bevis. Volunteers filled bags with these black shrivelled objects, which can often take well over 2 years to break down, as well as plastic bottles, food wrappers, and discarded clothing. Despite there still being 4 foot of snow on the summit, eight volunteers from the John Muir Trust (JMT) took part in the clean up on 30 May. The volunteers managed to collect

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Posted in Nature, News

Lottery money for Scottish paths announced

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced funding of £720,000 to repair 94kms of eroded mountain paths in the Cairngorms as well as support to complete the route around Loch Leven and to develop heritage trails in Castle Semple Country Park, Renfewshire. The Cairngorm National Park attracts 1.4 million visitors a year with many of them taking to the paths and mountains where the habitat is particularly fragile. This continuous wear alongside the harsh climate conditions has caused erosion resulting in unsightly scars to the landscape and considerable damage to the important habitats. This four year project will improve 17

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Posted in Access issues, News

Loch Lomond camping ban approved

New by-laws to ban camping in specific areas of east Loch Lomondside have been approved by the National Park. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park approved the proposal following a public consultation. Various groups such as Ramblers Scotland and angler’s associations had opposed the ban. The consultation report showed that 60% of those who responded were in favour of introducing a “restricted zone” from Drymen to Rowardennan where no camping can take place other than at formally designated sites or existing commercial sites. Under the byelaws, it will be an offence to camp in tents or similar shelters within

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Hill Tracks development rules to be reviewed

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) reports that Dave Thompson MSP has announced a review by the Scottish Government of the planning rules surrounding hill tracks. Currently many such tracks do not require planning permission as they are deemed to be “permitted development” in the same way that many garden sheds and larger agricultural buildings do not need permission. There has been a long running campaign to impose tougher regulations on hill tracks, many of which are seen by conservation and access groups as damaging to the environment. The MCofS as well as Ramblers Scotland have been actively campaigning for

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Posted in Nature, News

Loch of the Lowes Osprey fights for survival

Fears are mounting for the future survival of the UK’s oldest breeding female osprey. The 25-year-old bird, which has significantly outstripped the average eight-year lifespan of an osprey, began showing signs of poor health last Friday night (18 June) and continued to decline over the weekend as it became unable to open its eyes, stand over its chicks, and stopped eating. The bird had astounded wildlife experts when it returned to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve for the 20th consecutive year this March. As the demise was watched by Scottish Wildlife Trust staff along with

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