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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Grey Mare's Tail exhibition in Moffat

An exhibition of stunning photography of Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve opens on Sunday at Craigieburn Garden and Cafe near Moffat. The exhibition is to mark the anniversary of Grey Mare’s Tails 50 years in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. From the dramatic landscape and its picturesque waterfall to the wildlife and botanical interest found there, Grey Mare’s Tail is shown in all its glory. All the photographs have been taken over the past 8 years by Property Manager Richard Clarkson. Richard is an accomplished wildlife and landscape photographer whose images have been published across the world in

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Multitools

Inspired by the wholesome antics of such scallywags as the Famous Five, generations of children have badgered their parents for their very own pocketknife with which to whittle twigs and eat an apple really impressively. With knives carrying a stigma in modern society there are only really a few good reasons for carrying a blade of any kind, and there must be very few backpackers that don’t carry something sharp in their rucksack. Ignoring nostalgia the UK backpacker has little reason to carry some of the huge single-bladed implements available in certain outdoor shops, but the multitool certainly does have

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New Tyndrum to Oban long distance path planned

A proposed path running from Tyndrum to Oban has the potential to attract 32,000 visitors per annum and bring £1m a year in to the local economy, according to a report published today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). If the plan comes to fruition the new route is likely to be called The Way to the Isles. Running through impressive mountain scenery, woodlands and alongside lochs before reaching the coast, the route would pass through the villages of Dalmally, Lochawe, Taynuilt and Connel. Covering approximately 45 miles, it would link the West Highland Way to the Oban to Fort William

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Police appeal after Eagle poisoning in Lochaber

Golden Eagle The police have issued an appeal for informtion after tests showed that a golden eagle found dead near Morar in Lochaber had been poisoned. RSPB Scotland said it was the third known eagle poisoning incident in the area in the past 10 years, the previous two were white-tailed or sea eagles. The dead golden eagle was found in March and the results of tests showed it died as a result of consuming banned pesticides. Walkers are often the people who come across bird carcasses and RSPB Scotland, Northern Constabulary and the National Wildlife Crime Unit have appealed for

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Mountain activities planned for Ben Lawers

The National Trust for Scotland team at Ben Lawers are hosting a packed programme of events, including walks and a navigation course, over the next few weeks. Events get underway with an introduction to mountain plant identification which takes place from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. This weekend course teaches how to how to use keys to identify mountain plants on this botanically rich nature reserve. The course requires a reasonable level of fitness and starts at 19.00 on Friday 29 June at the Ben Lawers NNR office, Lynedoch, Killin and finishes on Sunday 1 July at 16.00.

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Beinn Eighe may lose Unesco designation

Wester Ross Alliance, a community group, is worried that Beinn Eighe in Torridon, may lose its Unesco Biosphere Status designation. The designation gives areas greater international recognition among scientists and tourists. The alliance is working with the Centre for Mountain Studies UHI in Perth to see how the status can be secured for the popular Munro which is one of Scotland’s highest mountains. Beinn Eighe is sited in Britain’s oldest reserve, the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve which was created in 1951. According to Scottish Natural Heritage which manage the reserve, up to 50,000 hillwalkers visit Beinn Eighe every year.

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Objections grow to windfarm near popular Munro

The John Muir Trust today added to objections for a windfarm near the popular Munro Ben Wyvis. The Trust's Chief Executive, Stuart Brooks, argues that the Clach Liath proposals (for 17 wind turbines standing 126 metres tall to blade tip) near Ben Wyvis in Ross-shire. He said: “I sincerely hope that planning officials will recommend that this application is rejected and that the Highland Council Planning Committee refuses permission. “The Clach Liath wind development would scar the sides of a notable and popular Munro in close proximity to Inverness. Wild places such as this should be valued for what they

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Rhodie bashers wanted for Rum

A call has gone out for helpers with a Rhododendron clearance project to support native wildlife. Volunteers are wanted to take part in conservation work on the Isle of Rum between 13th and 16th July. The project is being run by the Isle of Rum Community Trust, and as well as clearing the invasive plants using the ‘lever and mulch’ technique, volunteers will also get the chance to help with wildlife gardening in the island’s community garden. Rum is one of Scotland’s most stunning national nature reserves, owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage, who are grant aiding this volunteer

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Climate change affecting Highland plantlife

Climate change has impacted on upland plants and vegetation over the past half century, new evidence from north west Scotland has revealed. Research funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has revealed for the first time the impacts of climate change on mountain landscapes. The pioneering work was carried out by Aberdeen University and supported by the Hutton Institute and Bergen University, Norway. Dr Louise Ross of Aberdeen University and colleagues reassessed study plots throughout north west Scotland last surveyed by pioneering botanists Donald McVean and Derek Ratcliffe 50 years ago. Species which increased

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First Moray Walking Festival

The first Moray Walking Festival will take place next week, from Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June inclusive and offers a unique opportunity to walk in Scotland's Malt Whisky Country, for Moray is the home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. The dates have been carefully chosen to make the most of the north of Scotland's long days and summer light. The programme, available and bookable on the website, includes walks for a wide range of abilities in a choice of beautiful locations, from Highland Moray in the Cairngorms National Park to the sandy beaches and

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