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Monthly Archives: November 2013

TV Vote Success for Caledonian Forest project

Conservation charity Trees for Life is celebrating today following the announcement that it has won £50,000 of Lottery funding for a pioneering project to help restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest and protect its rare wildlife from extinction, while benefiting hundreds of disadvantaged people from the Inverness region. The conservation charity’s plan to create a new volunteer training programme at its Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness was successful in yesterday’s finals of the People’s Millions public vote. Trees for Life’s Executive Director Alan Watson Featherstone said: “This is fantastic news for our work to save the Caledonian Forest and its

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Posted in Nature

Hill tracks: the crucial need for planning control

FROM my elevated eyrie by the summit of Morven in Aberdeenshire the world around me lay in two distinct halves – one in glorious light and the other in abject blackness. In front of me lay a gently rolling landscape, a great patchwork quilt of green and golden fields, dotted with patches of woodland, the earth tones intensified by the bright autumn sunshine. It looked for all the world like a Scottish version of Middle Earth – even the tiny village below me, Logie Coldstone, had a Tolkienesque ring to it. To further the analogy, the land behind me, a

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Charities call on Scottish Government to regulate hill tracks

Nine of Scotland's leading environmental charities are calling on the Scottish Government to put an end to the unregulated system for hill track construction which allows landowners to build tracks without any public oversight. Instead, they want hill track construction brought within the planning system. Working under the umbrella of Scottish Environment LINK, the organisations today published ‘Track Changes’. This report shows evidence of the huge damage caused to landscapes, wildlife and habitats across Scotland by some of these tracks, carved across the landscape for motor vehicles. The aim is to persuade the Scottish Government to remove ‘permitted development rights’

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Posted in Nature

Berghaus VapourLight HyperSmock & HyperTherm FZ jackets

The Berghaus MtnHaus development lab is a wonderful concept – the team have the ability to develop cutting edge products for their sponsored athletes that may not be particularly commercial, but occasionally these high-end products filter through into the shops for the benefit of the rest of us. The VapourLight range is a collection of trail running equipment and apparel, and the HyperSmock (hardshell) and HyperTherm (synthetic insulated) jackets were developed for Berghaus athlete Philippe Gatta for his attempted 1700km, 40 day bimble along the Great Himalayan Trail. Both items are incredibly lightweight – quite probably the lightest in their

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets

Public to vote for Caledonian Forest restoration plans

Trees for Life is urging people to help it win £50,000 of Lottery funding in a televised public vote on Thursday 28 November, to help restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest and protect its rare wildlife from extinction, while benefiting hundreds of disadvantaged people. The conservation charity is a finalist in the People's Millions, a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, in which the public decide which local community projects will receive Lottery funding, for its plan to establish a pioneering volunteer training programme at its Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness. “We are asking people to vote for

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Posted in Nature

BBC to show doc on Scottish Winter mountains

The BBC are to show a new documentary “One Wild Winter in the Scottish Mountains” focusing on the 2012 winter on Scotland’s peaks. The programme will be shown on Wednesday December 11 at 9pm on BBC 1 Scotland. “The Scottish Mountains are Britain’s biggest playground. Every winter thousands of people want to experience them at their most magnificent. In an age of mobile technology, many of these adventurers carry cameras. The size and quality of modern day cameras allow people to capture extraordinary images thousands of feet up. Tales of triumph and of tragedy are captured in the most immediate

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Dog walkers respond to Capercaillie warnings

Dog walkers have responded positively to a campaign aimed at preventing disturbance of capercaillie during the breeding season. The woods at Boat of Garten in the Cairngorms National Park are a breeding site for the rare and endangered birds, which are sensitive to disturbance by people and dogs. The work was carried out to examine walkers’ behaviour following an innovative community-backed campaign to promote responsible dog walking. Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the community, with Seafield Estate and SNH, have put in place measures aimed at reducing disturbance to the protected species. A community ranger, signs and newsletter articles

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Posted in Nature, News

Arran Mountain Festival programme announced

The programme for next year's Isle of Arran Mountain Festival has now been announced. Events will take place between Friday 16 February and Monday 19 May 2014. The programme includes a variety of mountain walks at different grades, a trip to Holy Island, wildlife walks, evening talks and a quiz. Festival organisers say, “The Arran Mountain Festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people, discover a fascinating island and have unforgettable days in the safe hands of experienced local guides. With names to inspire the imagination, such as Ceum na Caillich (Witch’s Step) Caisteal Abhail (Castles) and the Sleeping Warrior,

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Posted in News

Scottish Government to assess impact of deer

Environmental charities have welcomed evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament outlining concerns about the impact that deer are having on the country's natural heritage. The evidence submitted to the Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Forest Enterprise, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and former Chairman of the Deer Commission, Professor John Milne – comes ahead of the committee’s consideration of the issue today (Wednesday 19 November). Mike Daniels, head of land and science at the John Muir Trust, gave evidence to the committee last week alongside RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. He

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Epic of Everest film showing at Portree

The original footage of one of the first attempts to climb the highest mountain in the world is showing at the Aros Centre in Portree, Isle of Skye, from 25th to 28 November. The climax of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition up Everest is still shrouded in mystery. Even today, nobody knows for certain whether or not Mallory and Irvine died before they reached the summit. Though the end of their adventure is lost, footage of their journey still survives. We have Captain John Noel to thank for the images of Mallory and Irvine, appearing as ants against an unending

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