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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Second sighting of "Big Cat" in Sutherland

Police are warning walkers and other members of the public after two sightings of a large panther type cat in Easter Ross and Sutherland. The latest animal was seen by a member of the public walking between Dornoch Caravan Park and the greenkeeper’s shed at Dornoch Golf Club on Saturday morning. Police are advising members of the public not to approach the animal if they come across it and report any sightings to their nearest Police station. The sighting is the second in area in the past week. Another member of the public spotted what they described as a “very

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Look out for St Kilda mailboat

People visiting Scotland’s beaches are being urged by the National Trust for Scotland to look out for a tiny wooden mailboat which was launched from St Kilda yesterday (Sunday 29 August) to mark the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of the islands. Staff from the conservation charity say the vessel, which is similar to those used by St Kildans in the past to communicate with the outside world, could wash up anywhere almost anywhere on the coastlines of Scotland or Scandinavia. “We suspect the boat is likely to turn up somewhere in the Western Isles,” said Susan Bain, who manages

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Loch Lomond island drama

Experience Inchcailloch, a very special island in Loch Lomond, on Saturday 4 or Sunday 5 September in the company of some of the characters who used to live and work there: the boatman, the minister who brought his flock across from the mainland each Sunday, the farmer who worked the land and mourners at a funeral. Join National Park Rangers and Drymen Community Theatre in an exciting recreation of life on this secluded island. Performances start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on Saturday and 12.30pm and 2pm on Sunday. The event is free but there is a charge of £5

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Watch The Great Climb live

The BBC will be broadcasting a five and a half hour live climbing marathon later without knowing whether the two climbers will be able to complete the overhanging cliff challenge on Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Top climbers Dave Macleod and Tim Emmett have been practising and checking out routes on Sron Ulladale for weeks. Now the 55-strong production team is also on site and the BBC plans to broadcast the climb attempt live from 1:35 today (Sat 28 August) on BBC2 Scotland and from 5pm on the BBC HD channel as well as being streamed live on the internet.

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Dead Red Kite was poisoned say Police

Tayside Police have confirmed that a red kite found dead near Aberfeldy in July was poisoned. The bird was found in Strathtay and may have been dead for a few months. Recent tests have discovered that it was poisoned, adding to a tally of five buzzards and a tawny owl which have also been found poisoned in the same area over the last year. Tayside Police’s wildlife crime officer Alan Stewart told the BBC, “There is no doubt that the scourge of poisoning wildlife in Scotland has decreased in general terms in recent years. However there remain a number of

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Freak injury puts Great Climb at risk

One of the two climbers set to take part in the BBC’s Great Climb to be broadcast from Sron Ulladale in two days time, has suffered a severe ankle injury which may put the event in jeopardy. Dave Macleod, who has spent much of the last month checking out routes on the overhanging cliff on Harris alongside fellow climber Tim Emmett, was hit by a falling rock the size of a breeze block on Monday. The rock caught Dave Macleod’s unprotected ankle causing a 3cm gash down to the bone. After abseiling back down, the deep cut required 5 stitches

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Still places left on Mountain Leader course for clubs

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland are running a subsidised summer Mountain Leadership course to train members of hillwalking and mountaineering clubs to lead groups in the hills. Normally costing £470, the subsidy brings it down to just £320. The training course is run on a 1:6 ratio and is for a maximum of 12. This price includes food and accommodation, use of equipment , instruction and travel to each days training, you just have to get yourself to Glenmore Lodge. This award is for club members who wish to lead hill-walking parties in mountainous terrain in summer conditions. A commitment

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Bonington lecture tickets up for grabs

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has launched a competition for one member to win a pair of tickets to see the Chris Bonington lecture at Dunfermline on Friday September 24th. Details of how to enter the competition, along with the question, can be found at the MCofS website. To enter the competition you have to be an individual member of the MCofS or a member of one of the MCofS’s member clubs. The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 10th September. MCofS Membership Development Officer Mike Dales said, “This is a great opportunity for one of our

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Deer stalking website officially opened

The new website with deer stalking information for walkers has been officially launched by Cameron McNeish today. The new service will supplement the existing ‘Hillphones’ service. This alerts hillwalkers and climbers about locations at which red deer stalking takes place through regularly updated phone messages from 1 July to 20 October. The new pilot website covers 13 estates in the Hillphones and Blackmount areas with more expected to be added this month. Hillphones is coordinated and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and participating estates and covers popular mountain areas in Scotland. It was

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Steall bridge re-opens

The wire bridge over the Water of Nevis at Steall, Glen Nevis, has now been repaired and is once again open to walkers and others. The bridge has been closed since one its cables snapped on 26 May this year. The bridge links the Glen Nevis property, owned by the John Muir Trust, with land owned by Rio Tinto Alcan.

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