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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Campers rescued from Arrochar Alps

A group of four campers were rescued from Bealach a Mhaim between the Cobbler and Beinn Narnain in the Arrochar Alps on Friday night. They had requested assistance after becoming cold and wet. The four were unable to descend in the dark due to the lack of torches. The Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team despatched 4 team members to the site; these helped the campers pack and walked them off the mountain in the early morning light. Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team were also in attendance.

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Seabird numbers soar

Some species of seabirds have had their most successful breeding seasons for a decade, reports the National Trust for Scotland. Dr Richard Luxmoore, the conservation charity's Senior Nature Conservation Adviser said: “Many seabirds have experienced a good breeding season at colonies in the west of Scotland. After several years of bad news it is encouraging to be able to report that several species have had their best season in 10 years.” The National Trust for Scotland’s studies on their property at Mingulay, showed that there were 1642 pairs of Kittiwakes trying to nest, up 46 per cent since last year.

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Greenspace gives us feelgood factor

People who regularly visit their local greenspace are more likely to feel healthy, says a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), but less than half of Scots visit greenspace or the wider outdoors once a week or more. The report's findings show that regular visitors to their local greenspace are more likely to rate their health as good. Also, those rating their health as good are more likely to meet the national guideline for physical activity within an outdoor environment. However over 50% of people reported not visiting any outdoors greenspace in the last week. Greenspaces, such as parks,

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Scientists and mountaineers uncover new finds on Ben Nevis

A team of scientists and mountaineers have made new discoveries on the highest mountain in the British Isles. Over the past two weeks, Ben Nevis has been the site of one of the most extensive and logistically challenging surveys to have taken place on a Scottish mountain. Project Manager, Tristan Semple of the Nevis Landscape Partnership, said “it has been a real privilege to add to the scientific understanding of our most iconic national landmark. The multi-disciplinary team of experts have been abseiling hundreds of metres down cliff faces and using new technology to uncover some of the mountain’s remaining

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Trust launches legal challenge against Stronelairg decision

The John Muir Trust has lodged a petition to the Court of Session asking for a judicial review of the decision on June 6 by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to grant consent to a 67-turbine wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains without any Public Local Inquiry. The decision was taken in the face of opposition from the government’s own advisory body, Scottish Natural Heritage; from the Cairngorm National Park Authority; and from three out of the four local councillors in Strathspey and Badenoch. Written objections to the development from the public outnumbered supporting letters by a margin of almost 15

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Meall a Bhuachaille path gets volunteer makeover

Volunteers are busy hard at work upgrading one of the Cairngorm's most popular walks. Eight people are currently working on Meall a Bhuachaille, just north of Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore, which had been beginning to show some heavy path erosion. The project has been organized by Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) and Forestry Commission Scotland, which manages the Forest park. The Commission is additionally providing forestry work experience for some of the trainees keen to develop skills in this area. Brian Duff, the Commission’s recreation forester in Glenmore Forest Park, said: “It’s great to have such enthusiastic and committed people

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Hillwalkers advised to check deer stalking info

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is advising walkers heading for the hills this Autumn to check ahead for possible deer stalking taking place on estates. The stag stalking season is also a popular time of year for walkers. SNH has launched this year’s Heading for the Scottish Hills service to reduce disturbance during the stag stalking season (1st July to 20th October), by giving walkers information to plan routes away from stalking areas – this information is also available direct on the relevant hill route descriptions on Walkhighlands. Just go to the relevant hill walk description on Walkhighlands and you will

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Mark Beaumont talk in Aberdeen

Mark Beaumont who has cycled around the world, rowed the Arctic and has just returned from following The Queen’s Baton through 71 countries will give a talk at the Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen on Thursday 11 Sep at 7.30 pm on his adventures, followed by a book signing. All proceeds in aid of Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team. Mark will share what it took to cycling around the world in record breaking time, to rowing the Arctic and of course, his adventures in the mountains. Mark has just returned from an 118,000 mile journey in the build up to Glasgow 2014, filming

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Government protects wild land against Glenmorie windfarm plans

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today refused planning consent for the 34-turbine Glenmorie wind farm near Bonar Bridge in the Highlands. The Energy Minister agreed with the findings of the Public Local Inquiry Reporter that the wind farm would cause unacceptable landscape and visual impacts, including on wild land. Highland Council had earlier objected to Glenmorie Wind Farm LLP’s application stating it would impact the landscape and scenery of the area. Mr Ewing said “Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap

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Mountaineers welcome Scottish Parliament debate on Rannoch plans

Scotland’s mountaineers have welcomed news that plans for a wind farm which threatens to ruin the beautiful wild land round Rannoch will be debated by the Scottish Parliament. Talladh a Bheithe Wind Farm Ltd wants to build 24 wind turbines, each 125 metres tall, together with the wide access tracks, buildings and infrastructure, on spectacular moorland between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht. Murdo Fraser, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has secured a members’ debate on 30th September on the proposed industrial-scale development. He has already put a motion before the parliament which backed the MCofS and John Muir Trust

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