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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Walker dies in Glencoe fall

A woman has died following a fall in Glencoe yesterday afternoon (Thurs 29 September). The rescue services were alerted shortly after 4pm and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team was involved in the search. Later in the evening the police confirmed that the woman had died. A spokesperson for Northern Constabulary Police said that enquiries are continuing and details of the deceased will be released once next of kin have been informed.

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Ben Lawers benefits from event donation

Conservation work at the National Trust for Scotland’s Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve got a boost this month as £2000 was pledged to the site. The Artemis Charitable Foundation made the donation after holding a leg of the Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon at the Perthshire nature reserve which is owned and cared for by the conservation charity. As part of the gruelling endurance race which took place in July 2011, participants walk or run up seven munros in the Ben Lawers range, as well as swimming and kayaking in Loch Tay and cycling around it. Around 200 people braved the challenge

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Go wild with Scottish mushroom code

This time of year can often see Scottish woods carpeted with colourful wild mushrooms. These are a valuable natural food resource for recreational and commercial collectors, but also for a range of wildlife. Mushroom gathering has been steadily increasing in Scotland in recent years, with a growth of TV programmes and books on wild cookery and following people moving from other European countries which may have a stronger tradition of wild foraging. In response Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is urging collectors to follow the Scottish Wild Mushroom Code. The organisation says following the Code makes it possible to collect fungi

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Posted in Nature, News

Public vote against Beauly Denny plans for Stirling

Over 200 members of the public have voted against Scottish Power’s plans to reduce the visual impact of the controversial Beauly to Denny electricity pylon route and joined with the Council to call for an improved plan. The public meeting was called by Stirling Council after the Scottish Government approved the line of the power route but asked Scottish Power and the Council to work together to come up with plans to mitigate the effect of the planned giant pylons in the area around Stirling and the Wallace Monument. Scottish Power put forward plans which involved painting the pylons to

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2011 OMM heading for Perthshire hills

This year’s Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) will take place from from Cultybraggan Camp near Comrie at the end of October. Although online applications have now closed, there are a few places still available for postal applications. The OMM’s organisers say it is, “still the UK’s premier event to test teamwork, self-reliance, endurance, outdoor and navigational skills. The reputation of the event is worldwide and every year we have entrants from all over the world. “The ethos of the event is to be totally self-reliant, in the wilds, carrying all equipment, no outside support and without GPS or cell phone. Your

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Deer Stalking reminder

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is reminding walkers heading for the hills this autumn to check ahead for possible deer stalking taking place on estates. It is also keen to hear from walkers about their experience of doing this and would like hill walkers to complete a short survey. The busy stag stalking season which runs until 20th October and is at its peak around now, is also a popular time of year for walkers. Because of requests from walkers and land managers SNH developed the Heading for the Scottish Hills website with support and advice from the National Access Forum.

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Mountains of adventure planned for EMFF

The best of the best in the fields of climbing, mountaineering, round the world expeditions, base jumping and mountain photography are among those who will be flocking to the Scottish capital for the 9th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 October 2011. This year’s diverse and packed programme of mountain films, lectures and exhibitions is guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and entertain the capital’s annual gathering of the adventure sports, photography and filmmaking communities; as well as those who love the outdoors, travel and mountain adventure. Over the last eight years the EMFF has built a

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New studies show effect of beavers on trees and fish

Two new reports on the Scottish Beaver Trial in Argyll, published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), show that beavers are changing some of the woodland structure but so far having little effect on fish in streams. Beavers were reintroduced to Knapdale forest near Lochgilphead in May 2009 as part of a five year scientific trial run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland. After an absence of more than 400 years, the effects of beavers on the environment are being closely monitored by SNH in partnership with a number of

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Loch Ness windfarm rejected

Highland Council has voted against plans for a 23 turbine wind farm at Druim Ba between Kiltarlity and Abriachan to the northeast of Loch Ness. Planning Committee Councillors decided that the visual impact and the effect on an important tourist area would be unacceptable. The area, which is currently forestry, is just to the north of Loch Ness and very near to part of the Great Glen Way and a number of walks and cycle trails at Abriachan. The planned turbines would have been almost 150 (490ft) metres high. The Scottish Government is now likely to make the final decision

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Bill Bryson and Polartec win Outdoor Writers' awards

Best-selling author and environmental campaigner Bill Bryson has won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s (OWPG) prestigious Golden Eagle Award for his campaigning work to protect the British countryside from litterlouts, fly tipping and other threats. The Guild has also voted Polartec’s Neoshell as the outstanding product innovation for the outdoors in the last 12 months. The annual Golden Eagle award is presented to “a person who has rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors generally”. Although born in Iowa in the United States, Bill Bryson is passionate about the British countryside and has been described as “the world’s

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