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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Walkhighlands pledges £1000 to walking causes in 2013

Walkhighlands is to increase its charitable donations and gifts next year, with a pledge to donate £1,000 to conservation and walking-related causes in 2013. The causes supported will include bodies which carry out conservation work, campaign on landscape issues, and mountain safety. “Whilst the primary aim of Walkhighlands is to provide the best possible free-to-use source of information for people interested in walking in Scotland, ” commented co-founder Helen Webster, “we’re delighted to be able to increase our support for bodies which are carrying out a range of worthwhile work in 2013.”

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Motorists urged to report deer collisions

As the number of road accidents involving deer peak during the winter months, motorists in Scotland are being urged to report deer collisions. The DeerAware campaign undertakes research into such accidents and has also compiled the following tips to help motorists avoid a collision. Do take note of deer warning signs Such signs are positioned only where animal crossings are very likely – They could happen anywhere Drive with caution During danger periods or on roads where hitting a deer is a possibility, drive with caution at or below the posted speed limit. Beware during peak danger periods Peaks in

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Reward offered for lost shark tag

A reward is being offered to whoever finds a lost basking shark tag which is likely to wash up in the Neist Point area of Glendale, on the Isle of Skye. The tag is the shape of a small fizzy drinks bottle and made of rubber. It is black in colour and 15cm long. It may have an antennae attached midway. The tag is likely to be washed up on the shore close to Neist Point. The tag is part of a basking shark tracking project being co-ordinated by Scottish Natural Heritage and it contains valuable data. There is a

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Mountaineers say Glenmorie case opens door to industrial-scale wind farms

The body representing hillwalkers and climbers in Scotland says Highland Council's lack of objection to a wind farm near Ben Wyvis sends the message that the Highlands are open house for massive industrial-scale wind farms. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) says that despite over 300 objections to the Glenmorie Wind Farm (209 to the Scottish Government and 132 to The Highland Council), the next Highland Council North Planning Committee on 27 November looks set to agree to ‘raise no objection’ to the inappropriately sited Glenmorie Wind Farm. The proposal would see 31 turbines at 125m in height erected on

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Local Caper success poses questions

A group of capercaillie experts and enthusiasts have been visiting two Highland estates to find out why numbers of the rare species are increasing in the face of serious declines in other parts of Scotland. Earlier this month The Friends of Capercaillie were invited to visit the Forestry Commission Scotland owned Inshriach Forest and the privately owned Glenfeshie Estate. Across Scotland – the only place in Britain where capercaillie are found – there are thought to be fewer than 1,300 of these magnificent turkey sized birds remaining. Nationally they appear to be declining still further in their former strongholds like

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Pots and Pans for backpacking

Your cookware setup will be dictated by a number of factors – if you’re car-camping there’s little to stop you bringing a range of pots and pans and a twin-burner gas stove (and steak). If you’re backpacking you may think differently. My personal backpacking set-up is limited to a single pot with a capacity in the range of 900ml to 1400ml for non-winter use, perhaps stretching up to 2000ml pot when I envisage melting a lot of snow. It’s important to consider the number of people eating too – being able to boil enough water for two people in one

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Walkhighlands Navigation Course now taking bookings

Walkhighlands has teamed up with Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer at the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) to provide a couple of day long navigation courses next May. Each course, to be held in the Ochils near Alloa, will begin with an hour at the local mountain rescue centre and the rest of the day will be spent on practical navigation skills on the hill. The courses are aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to navigate for hillwalking or to brush up existing knowledge.  The courses are very friendly and will also provide a chance to meet with

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Speyside Sculpture winners announced

Vouchers for hand-crafted sculptures are winging their way to three lucky Walkhighlands members after the winners of the recent Speyside Sculpture competition were announced. Entrants had to correctly identify the two hills carved onto a wooden house sign. Sculptor Stuart Murdoch said, “Thanks to all the Walkhighlands members who entered. The quiz must have been quite hard as, out of more than 20,000 members, there were only 25 correct answers! “The sign was for a property on the A82 just north west of Crianlarich. The hills they see from their lounge that I incorporated into the carving are…(drum roll)… Ben

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Andy Kirkpatrick scoops Boardman Tasker Award

Cold Wars by Andy Kirkpatrick has won this year’s Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature. Ironically the prize came the day after Andy announced on Twitter that he was giving up trying to write for a living. The winner was announced on Friday 16 November at the Kendal Mountain Festival by Bernard Newman, chair of the judging panel who described Cold Wars as, “A second autobiographical volume, describing epic winter ascents in the Alps and Patagonia and the conflicts of the lifestyle with family life.” Writing on his blog before winning the prize, Andy Kirkpatrick said, “The problem for me

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Nature of Scotland Awards open for entries

Entries are open for next year’s RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. The awards aim to recognise and reward those who are making a real difference to the conservation of Scotland’s beautiful landscapes and unique wildlife. The RSPB is asking people to nominate individuals, businesses or organisations for the following categories: Marine Conservation Sustainable Development Politician of the Year Innovation Outstanding Contribution RSPB Species Champion Community Initiative Education. The winners will be announced in Edinburgh in October 2013. It is free to enter and nominate those who you believe should be rewarded for their conservation efforts. The deadline for submission is

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