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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Torridon Walking Festival programme announced

Events for this year's Torridon Walking Festival will include full days tackling a number of Torridon peaks, as well as a scrambling course, a boat trip to Rona, and lower level walks. The Festival takes place between 8 and 10 September, is sponsored by Tiso and run by Torridon Activities based at the Torridon Hotel and Torridon Inn. Bookings are now being taken for the events, see the Festival website for further details.

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Deer stalking info for hillwalkers online

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is advising hill walkers to check online about deer stalking on estates before heading out for the hills. The stag stalking season (1st July to 20th October) is a popular time of year for walkers, so three years ago SNH set up the Heading for the Scottish Hills website. The web service has proved popular with walkers with 7500 visits last year. This year, in a collaboration between SNH and Walkhighlands, the detailed information from the Heading for the Scottish Hills will also be directly available on the relevant hill routes on the Walkhighlands website. The

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Deadline looming for nature photography comp

The deadline is fast approaching for Scottish Natural Heritage's (SNH) free photo contest, which aims to find Scotland's best nature photos. SNH is encouraging Scots to enjoy nature by capturing their favourite natural places and wildlife by July 31. The sixth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with one of Scotland’s leading professional nature photographers, Lorne Gill; second prize is a Nikon D5100 Digital SLR camera with a tripod; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix LX5 Digital Camera and a tripod. See the SNH website for details

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Conservation Trust responds to wind farm subsidy reduction

The John Muir Trust has responded to the announcement by the UK government of the new subsidy level for wind energy production, a reduction of only 10 per cent, by calling for legal protection for the top 10 per cent of Wild Land in the UK. Stuart Brooks, chief executive of the Trust, said: “There are two aspects of major concern for lovers of natural landscapes from current energy policies. Most of the UK’s top 10 per cent of wild land has no statutory protection and there are now a host of applications for industrial energy developments coming through in

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Charity aims to plant a million more trees

Conservation charity Trees for Life has announced an ambitious new goal to double its current rate of restoration work in Scotland's Caledonian Forest, with the establishment of one million more trees by planting and natural regeneration within five years. The charity’s new Million More Trees campaign is a response to environmental problems including deforestation, climate change and biodiversity loss, but could also bring significant benefits to Scotland’s economy by boosting wildlife tourism. “Establishing a million new native trees in the next five years represents a significant scaling up of our work. We have set ourselves this challenge as a response

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Nevis Partnership hopeful of Lottery grant

The Nevis Partnership, the landscape charitable company dedicated to access issues for the Ben Nevis area, has been given a new lease of life as the Lottery has taken the first steps towards granting £1.8million to the Partnership. Last year the Partnership was forced to cease its work and laid off its employees due to lack of funds. Although funding has not been formalised, the Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked the money and it is likely the Nevis Partnership will be successful when they put in their full application next year. Development funding of £75,800 has also been awarded to

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Nevis Gorge footpath appeal launched

The John Muir Trust, which earlier this year won funding to restore the classic Steall Gorge footpath in Glen Nevi, has launched a public appeal to complete funding for the vital repair work, with a further £60,000 still needed to be raised. The magical trail winds through native woodland, high above the fast-flowing water of Nevis and opens out onto Steal Meadow, with beautiful views of An Steall Ban (‘the white spout’), Britain’s second highest waterfall. It was here that Harry Potter fought a dragon in a memorable scene in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Chris

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Glamaig Hill race record smashed

The 25th Glamaig Hill Race took place on Saturday and saw Finlay Wild win by more than 6 minutes, smashing the long-standing record which had been held by Mark Rigby since 1997. Brian Marshall – winner of the race for the last 9 years – this time had to settle for second. The race route – which crosses a bog before heading up and down an extremely steep and punishing scree-slope – is held each year on the Isle of Skye. The original record for the run was set more than 100 years ago when a Ghurka named Thapa, one

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Unwelcome visitor to Forvie sands

A Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff member has discovered a highly invasive plant, originally from New Zealand, on the sand dunes near the Forvie national nature reserve. Operations officer Mike Smedley discovered several patches of piri piri burr growing near a path a few hundred metres from the internationally important nature reserve. As the name suggests, the seed heads form burrs, a compact ball of seeds, each with its own hook ready to attach to the socks, fur or wool of passing people or animals. Often unnoticed, the seed later drops out and so the plant spreads. Like many non-native

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Scientists to track Scottish sharks

An exciting project which scientists hope will reveal the secret life of large sharks visiting Scottish waters will begin in Hebridean seas today (Friday 13 July). Marine biologists from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter will attach satellite tracking tags to 20 basking sharks in the seas around the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. Once fitted, the tags will allow people to track the movements of the sharks on the SNH website in close-to-real time. The tags will provide information on the location and behaviour of the sharks during the summer when they can

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