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Monthly Archives: May 2011

TV's sea eagle Itchy found on west coast

Following an appeal by RSPB Scotland, one of the sea eagle’s made famous by an early series of Springwatch as been found living and breeding on the west coast of Scotland. Itchy featured as a chick alongside brother Scratchy, in the BBC Two programme filmed in 2005 on the Isle of Mull. Both birds were tagged and they fledged successfully in July 2005. Since then there have only been occasional sightings including one on the north end of Skye in 2007. However since the appeal, Itchy, has been found breeding with an untagged adult female in an undisclosed west coast

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Highlands set to benefit from staycation trend

The Scottish Highlands is set to benefit from the continuing trend for Brits to holiday in the UK. Early good weather around Easter, combined with the additional bank holiday, meant that the tourist season in the Highlands got off to a good start. Bookings slowed since, but the fact that the Highlands has just come top of a survey of UK staycation destinations, has given tourism businesses a reason for optimism. The survey, carried out by Travelodge, had the Highlands as the number one destination for British people planning to holiday in the UK, London was second, followed by Edinburgh,

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Ben Nevis walker dies

A man died yesterday (Sun 29 May) after becoming ill whilst walking on Ben Nevis. The emergency services were alerted shortly after 7:30pm and the casualty was found just above the Half Way Lochan by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. RAF Kinloss and a coastguard helicopter from Stornoway also took part in the operation in which the 22 year old was airlifted to the Belford Hospital in Fort William where medical staff founght to stablise his condition but unfortunately the casualty passed away later that evening. The Police say that his identity will not be released until his next of

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Cash for children's outdoor projects up for grabs

Applications are once more open for the North Face Explore Fund which provides grants for outdoor projects involving children and young people. This year the Fund will support non-profit organisations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections between children to nature, increasing access to outdoor recreation, as well as providing education for both personal and environmental health. The European arm of the Explore Fund awards a maximum of €2,500 (approx £2150) to each project or organisation with applications to be made by the deadline of 8 August. Further information and online application details can be found

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Knapdale beavers evade researchers

Researchers monitoring beavers re-introduced to the wild have struggled to keep tabs on all of the animals due to the difficult terrain at Knapdale, Argyll. 15 European beavers were released into the wild in 2009 but the annual report of the Scottish Beaver Trial says that only 9 were believed to still be alive in the release area by June 2010. The beavers were released with radio tags attached to their tails, some of which have fallen off. Other beavers have been hard to track because of the dense forestry, steep hillsides and complicated network of rivers and lochs. The

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Scottish wildlife crimes upheld in courts

This week saw two high profile court cases relating to illegal poison and the killing of a bird of prey on Highland estates result in hefty fines for the estate employees. A massive quantity of banned substance, Carbofuran, was found on the Skibo Castle estate near Dornoch in May 2010 during a police serach after two golden eagles and a sparrowhawk were found dead on the estate. Inverness Sherrif Court heard that estate worker, Dean Barr had enough of the poison to, “wipe out the entire Scottish golden eagle and red kite populations several times over according to the RSPB”.

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All aboard for Dava Way Ghost Train

Fancy walking 24 miles overnight between Forres and Grantown on Spey? The annual Dava Way Ghost Train Walk will be running again this year on the weekend of 18 – 19 June and is looking for walkers to jump aboard. The walk uses the Dava Way – most of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and crosses the rarely-visited Dava Moor as well as heading through woodland and farmland. The central section of the walk goes behind the Knock of Braemoray, remote from the road or habitation apart from the now deserted steading at Bogeney. When inhabited it

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Walkers warned of £500 Lomond camping fine

With less than a week to go before new laws come into effect along the shores at east Loch Lomond, the National Park Authority is warning walkers that they could face a £500 fine if they camp in breach of the new rules. The new byelaws come into force on 1 June and apply to the area running from Drymen to Rowardennan (approximately 9 miles) which includes part of the West Highland Way and the shoreline of the loch. Under the new byelaws, it will be an offence to camp anywhere in the restricted zone outside designated camping areas. The

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Paths face climate change threat

Scotland’s network of paths may face additional wear and tear in the face of differing weather patterns dictated by climate change over the coming decades, a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed. Paths form a vital part in allowing people to enjoy the outdoors and contribute to health and well-being. But path infrastructure could deteriorate and become unstable due to changing conditions. And as the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, challenges in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of our paths need to be addressed. Weather conditions most likely to impact the paths network include

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Countdown to Lochalsh Dirty 30

The annual Lochalsh Dirty 30 challenge walk will be held just over two weeks away on Saturday 11 June with 5 June the deadline for applications. The Dirty 30 covers 30 miles of tough Scottish west-coast terrain taking in coast, forestry and mountain passes in some of the most spectacular Scottish scenery. Although not strictly a race, the course must be completed in 24 hours with some runners finishing in just over 5 hours although the majority choose to walk the route in considerably longer times. For details of this year’s event and how to apply see the Dirty 30

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