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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Winter set to return to Scotland’s mountains

The unprecedented warm weather in Scotland’s mountains in recent weeks looks set to end – and mountaineering experts are reminding walkers, climbers and skiers that it’s time to replace T-shirts with fleeces and make sure they have their ‘winter heads’ back in place. The unseasonably high temperatures and lack of snow have meant many hill-goers have abandoned crampons, ice-axes and skis in favour of more summery options such as hill walking, climbing and mountain biking. However, although the daffodils are just on the cusp of flowering in the lowlands, the weather is set to change back to more usual conditions

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Posted in Access issues, Magazine, News

Mountain hare book scoops Nature Photography award

A debut book exploring The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare has gained public appreciation in an online vote to find the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book of 2018. It is the work of photographer Andy Howard, a leading expert on mountain hares, and includes stunning photography and field notes from his time on the hills tracking these majestic creatures, as well as a charming narrative about the life of the mountain hare. The book was reviewed on Walkhighlands on launch in October. The vote is held every two years by the Scottish Nature Photography Awards, which celebrate nature, wildlife and

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Posted in Books, Gear reviews, Magazine, Nature, Photography

Older GPS devices could be hit by ‘millennium-style’ bug

A warning for walkers using GPS devices that were made prior to 2010. The date format used in the older specification for GPS devices runs out of digits this April 6th. The specification was changed some years back and all more recent devices that use the ‘ICD-200/IS-GPS-200’ specification will be able to cope with dates after 6th April 2019, but it is unclear how some older devices may react to the problem. The date stored by older GPS units is likely to fail after that date, and revert to an earlier date. The GPS may well continue working fine apart

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Posted in Access issues, News

Beavers to be legally protected species

Beavers will become a legally protected species in May, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced. This means that from 1 May 2019 shooting will only be allowed under licence, which will be managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). All licenses will be issued in accordance with the law on European Protected Species. Ms Cunningham said: “The Scottish Government believes in the highest standards of animal welfare – for both wild and domestic animals – and we felt it was high time that beavers enjoyed the same legal protection as other species like bats, dolphins, wildcats and otters.   “There are few

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Posted in Magazine, Nature

Seven hydro power plants approved for Glen Etive

One of Scotland’s most spectacular and iconic glens is set to be developed with seven new hydro power schemes following a planning decision by Highland Council yesterday, despite more than 650 objections.

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Posted in Magazine, News

Conservation in the 21st Century

The chief executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority Grant Moir ponders changing approaches to conservation and wonders whether we are at a pivotal moment in the history of the movement.

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Gear review: Keen Karraig boots

Paul tries out the latest new boots from Keen. Even the name Karraig suggests something that might have been aimed specifically at the Scottish market…

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Posted in Footwear, Gear reviews, Magazine

Snow and Consequences

Thinking about getting started on graded winter routes? David Lintern has a few suggestions. All we need now is the snow…

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Posted in Features, Magazine

New flagship fund for nature launched

Scottish Natural Heritage has issued a call for ambitious ideas to improve habitats, safeguard species and encourage increased access to nature.

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Posted in News

The Long Walk-in

How often has that thought crossed your mind? If only circumstances had been a little different anything could have happened. Couldn’t it?

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Posted in Access issues, Features, Magazine, Nature

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