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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Glen Nevis Spring Litter Blitz

Following two harsh winters and more recent torrential rain in the local area, charity The Friends of Nevis say there’s much to be done to look after Ben and Glen Nevis. Although it falls to other organisations and contractors to carry out the ongoing major works that are urgently needed, the Friends of Nevis, continues to make a huge contribution. The main season of activity kicks off on Sunday 8 May 2011 with the popular Annual Glen Nevis Spring Litter Blitz. Every year, volunteers young and old take part in a sweep up and down the Glen to get the

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Scottish motorists warned of deer on roads in May

Car accidents involving deer soar at this time of year as young roe deer search for their own territories, warns Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Deer-vehicle collisions often peak in late April to mid-May, as juvenile deer are out on their own for the first time. Because of this, SNH, in conjunction with Transport Scotland, are placing warning messages on variable messaging signs on high-risk trunk roads across Scotland from Sunday, May 1 to Sunday, May 15. The signs are targeted on roads with higher rates of deer-vehicle collisions, such as the M90, A9, A90, M8, M77, A80, M80, A1 and

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Fire crews tackle hill fire near Loch Ness

Firefighters have been tackling a large hill fire near Drumnadrochit through the night. The large grass and gorse fire was reported on Wednesday afternoon and had spread to cover a two and half mile area around Loch Gorm, north of Milton on the Glen Urquhart route from Drumnadrochit. At the peak of the fire, over twelve units were dealing with the blaze which is now (Thurs 28 April am) believed to be under good control although four crews remain at the scene. Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue said there were no reports of injuries and that the cause of

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Lochalsh Dirty 30 set for June 11

Fancy walking 30 miles of beautiful, at times very boggy, west coast terrain in 24 hours? The Lochalsh Dirty 30 will be held again this year on June 11 and registration is now open. The event is open to everyone, with a shorter 12 mile Dirty Dozen challenge also on offer, and it celebrates the fast, the slow, the fundraising, and the cheery endurance of those who take part. The event is centered on Glenelg and the stunning route covers coastline famed for its otters, notoriously boggy forestry, and remote moorland. The routes for the Dirty 30 and for the

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Nite Watches DecAid Munro Mission launched

A young charity is aiming to raise awareness of the 10 year old conflict in Afghanistan and funds for services and veterans charities by climbing all the Munros in a single round in under 50 days. DecAid, run by students and ex-students from Exeter University, all aged under 25 and working as volunteers, will support a team of four aiming to climb all 283 Munros in just 49 days without the use of any motorised transport. The Munro Mission is being supported by Nite Watches and the organisers are also inviting teams or individuals to sponsor or climb a Munro

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10,000th member joins Walkhighlands

Despite the promising weather luring many people out onto the hills, this Easter Monday saw the 10,000th member sign up to the Walkhighlands forum. Only a couple of years ago the site, which is now Scotland’s busiest outdoors website, was celebrating its 1000th member. Forum members have been trying to predict the date and time of the 10k member with Walkhighlands offering a bottle of single malt whisky to the nearest guess. Many guesses later, and a few cheeky requests for Southern Comfort or other favoured tipples, the nearest guess – at just 23 minutes out – was neilmci who

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Nature photography contest open

The hunt for Scotland’s best nature pictures is on, as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week. The fifth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer; second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod. This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs from 21 to 29 May. This year’s theme is the gifts which nature gives to us all. SNH is looking

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ViewRanger and Walkhighlands team up

Visitors and locals alike can now download detailed guides to walking routes straight onto their mobile phones following a new collaboration between Scottish based walkers’ website Walkhighlands and top mobile phone app ViewRanger. Walkhighlands aims to boost Scottish tourism and encourage walking by publishing online guides and mapping; featuring over 1,350 routes, it is Scotland’s busiest outdoors website. The ViewRanger App turns smartphones into a complete countryside guide with GPS, maps, navigation and location sharing. The app is available for iphones, Android and most Symbian (including most Nokia) smartphones, as well as ipads. The two companies have teamed up to

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Spot the birdie at Creag Meagaidh

Visitors and locals in the Highlands are being offered the chance to see the courtship display of black grouse once again. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, sited part way between Laggan and Spean Bridge, ran a similar event last year which proved so popular that this time it is planned to hold two guided black grouse watches on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May. The displays called ‘leks’ take place in the spring as male black grouse compete to attract females. With the striking black and white plumage of the birds, and their strange bubbling calls, the show is

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Posted in Nature, News

Summer Mountain Leader offer for Scottish walking clubs

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is offering Scottish club members the opportunity to participate in a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course based from the Loch Lomond Outdoor Centre at a special discounted rate on two sets of dates in September. This SMLTB award is for members who wish to lead hill-walking parties in mountainous terrain in summer conditions. A commitment will need to be shown towards using the training to benefit other club members. A two day overnight camping expedition is part of this course. Who is eligible to apply? Club members who are currently involved or keen to

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