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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Law to protect seals welcomed

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has welcomed new legislation that came into force today to protect seals. Measures brought in under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 outlaw unregulated shooting of seals, establish a new licensing system to manage shooting and introduce a number of seal conservation areas around Scotland. Marine Scotland will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the new measures. John Baxter, SNH’s principal adviser on seals, said: “Given the serious and worrying decline in the numbers of common, or harbour, seals, these new measures are particularly important. They are a considerable improvement on provisions contained in previous

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Scotland's forests protected says Scottish Government

Proposals in England to sell off national forest land do not stretch to Scotland said Environment and Climate Change Minister, Roseanna Cunningham. Commenting on the launch of a Westminster consultation document on the future of national forests in England she said: “Forestry has been devolved for a number of years now and any decisions on the future strategic direction of the Commission’s forests in Scotland will be for Scottish Ministers. “There may be a review in England but it has no remit whatsoever in Scotland. “I would like to be clear that we have no plans to sell off all

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Man survives 1000ft fall in Grey Corries

Sgurr Choinnich Mor

A 35 year old hillwalker has escaped with only minor injuries after falling 1000 feet down a mountainside in the Grey Corries. The climber, who was 35 and from Glasgow, was part of a group of hillwalkers. He fell from near the summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor in the Grey Corries at around 2pm yesterday. He had struck the hillside on the way down, scattering some of his gear and passing three rocky outcrops. The rescuers – on HMS Gannet’s Sea King Helicopter – arrived within half an hour from a training mission, and after seeing a man standing up

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Nick Clegg gives hope to Rescue Teams

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister appeared to give ground on the issue of VAT charged on new equipment for Mountain Rescue Teams. The issue has been raised by Mountain Rescue for some time and has been put into sharper focus recently with the recent rise on VAT to 20%. Nick Clegg was speaking at public meeting in Boat of Garten, Strathspey, last week. In response to a question from a member of the public he pledged to investigate the issues and said there were “very compelling” reasons to look into scrapping the VAT charges for MRTs.

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SAR privatisation plans collapse

The Government’s plan to privatise the Search and Rescue service (SAR) throughout Britain appears to have collapsed as the Royal Bank of Scotland has pulled out of the consortia bidding to run the privatised service. The previous Government had announced plans to privatise the whole of the SAR and after a brief suspension of these plans, the new coalition Government decided to go ahead with the privatisation. This covers the helicopters used to search for lost and injured walkers and climbers in Scotland. The plans do not affect the Mountain Rescue Service which will continue as a voluntary service, although

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Speyside Way extension delayed

There looks set to be another delay in the long running plans to extend the Speyside Way. Currently the long distance route from Buckie on the Moray Firth ends at Aviemore, however for the last 14 years there have been plans made to extend it to Newtonmore. Much of the hold up has been due to objections from the Kinrara Estate, one of a number of landowners owning land on the proposed extension. In May 2010 the Cairngorms National Park Authority decided to use a path order to enforce access over the 7km stretch on the Estate’s land. These powers,

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Posted in Access issues, News

HAGGiS celebrates Burns Night with tree help

To celebrate Burns Night (25 January), Scottish conservation charity Trees for Life and Edinburgh-based budget tour company HAGGiS Adventures today announced an exciting new partnership that will allow thousands of people from all over the world to get involved in the restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands. During 2011, the UN’s International Year of Forests, the new scheme will involve more than 80 HAGGiS Adventures tour buses stopping to plant a tree at Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston near Loch Ness, Inverness-shire. This will involve more than 3,000 people from all over the world. With

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Wild Land Petition goes to Holyrood

A petition backed by more than 3,500 people to demand action to protect wild land will be presented to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 25 January 2011). The John Muir Trust, the UK’s leading wild land charity, is submitting the petition to the Scottish Parliament as part of its Wild Land Campaign, which aims to secure greater protection for the UK’s best areas of wild land. The petition calls on the Scottish Government to improve protection for the best areas of wild land by introducing a new national environmental designation. Stuart Brooks, chief executive of the John Muir Trust said:

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Avalanche card updated

With the current Scottish thaw not predicted to last, and with plenty of snow on many higher slopes, a useful avalanche advice card has been updated with mountaineers and ski-tourers in mind. The plastic-coated card, designed to fit into a rucksack or jacket pocket has been produced by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) in association with Avalex. 90% of people involved in avalanches actually trigger the avalanche themselves. This popular card aims to reduce this by providing a handy reference including the following information: * Clues to instability/stability * Rutschblock Test * Safe travel techniques * Search and Rescue

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Loch Lomond wild goose chase

Scottish Natural Heritage is inviting people along for a wild goose chase at the Loch Lomond national nature reserve on 30 January. The free event, which takes place from 1.30pm until dusk, includes exploring the reserve and surrounding area by mini-bus, trying to spot and count the four species of geese that visit the reserve in winter. This will be followed by watching the geese as they come in to roost at dusk. Participants may attend half or the whole event. This event must be pre-booked with participants meeting at the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn. Stephen Longster, SNH site

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