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Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Castles of the High Fells

We’ve been separated from the mountains for so long. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling them missing from my life.

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Posted in Magazine

Legal killing of 1-in-5 Scottish beavers spotlights need for fresh approach

The killing of 87 beavers in Scotland – one fifth of the country’s population – proves there is an urgent need for humans to live more sympathetically alongside beavers across Britain, the Beaver Trust has said. The Trust said lethal control of the animals for agricultural reasons should only ever be a last resort, and that options such as relocating beavers to areas where they could benefit the landscape and be welcomed by local people should be considered. The scale of the officially sanctioned lethal control of beavers in Scotland in 2019 was revealed in a report released by Scottish

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Posted in Magazine, Nature

Hillwalking and the plan to ease lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced the four stage route map for Scotland to ease its Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Today Scottish Mountain Rescue have issued new guidance to hillwalkers. None of the changes are yet in place, but it is expected that we may move to ‘Phase One’ of lifting the lockdown on next Thursday 28th May – although this will depend on continued progress in reducing infection numbers. Phase One – from 28th May if supported by evidence The new advice allows unrestricted outdoors exercise, whilst adhering to distancing measures and non-contact outdoor activities in the local area – such as

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Posted in Access issues, Magazine, News, Walkhighlands news

Life under lockdown: Stories from those working in rural tourism and the outdoors

Scotland has been in lockdown now for more than eight weeks, and many of us have been missing getting out in the hills or visiting their favourite places. But how is this affecting the businesses that serve us all? Tourism is Scotland’s biggest employer, providing more jobs than oil, food and drink, financial services or manufacturing, across the whole country. But it’s even more crucial to communities in remoter areas like the Highlands and Islands. Not only do so many people here work directly in tourism, but other rural businesses such as retail and construction also depend on money from

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Posted in Magazine, News

The Yellow-Eyed Bird of Glen Dubh-Lighe

The big man grunted as he drove the shovel into the earth, his breath misting in the cold winter air. His two companions watched the spade rise and fall as the mound of soil grew. They stood beside the pile of earth – one stocky and bald, the other a thin and mouse-like creature with a black hat crammed onto his head. Every few moments the small man’s gaze would dart into the surrounding forest and he would scan the snow-covered fir trees in the steep-sided valley. He searched uncertain of what he might find but fearful of anything that

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Plotting a route back to the hills

Mountaineering organisations are working together towards a return to hill walking and climbing in Scotland. As we approach the end of week eight of lockdown, mountaineering organisations in Scotland are asking the hill walking and climbing community to ‘hold the line’ and to avoid travel and stay local for their daily exercise in accordance with the current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance. Despite an easing of restrictions in England this week, the advice for people in Scotland remains the same – stay home and only go out for essential work, food or health reasons – although people in Scotland may now

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Posted in Access issues, Magazine, News

The child in nature: an endangered species

Polly Pullar tells the powerful story of a challenging personal journey, which had it not been for the restorative powers of nature, might have ended very differently. Words by Polly Pullar, Images by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. It’s January, the season when a fox’s hormones fuel the urge to breed. At night I lie in bed and hear their eerie yattering as they wander on their nocturnal forays, their soundtrack accompanied by tawny owls – they too are preparing for breeding. The wood is also thick with the aroma of red deer.  My son Freddy and I are following a

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Coronavirus message in Scotland to remain “Stay Home”

Walkhighlands usual role is to promote and celebrate exploring Scotland on foot. Since restrictions on travel were first imposed from Coronavirus, we have kept our messaging across the website and our social media to reflect the latest government advice and the lockdown legal restrictions. The above box is shown across Walkhighlands. This is the message from the Scottish Government, and relates to the advice that applies in Scotland. It will be updated when the advice changes. The Scottish Government has stated that the slogan ‘Stay Home – Save Lives’ will stay in place tonight. We are aware we have users

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Posted in Access issues, Magazine, News, Walkhighlands news

Listening, noticing, knowing

Words, sounds and pictures from lockdown in a rural place. I am sitting by a river near to my house. I sit by that river and the longer I sit, the more I notice. Just the white rush of small rapids upstream to my right at first, but after some minutes, more layers creep in. A slosh of waves on boulders to my left. A bass drone of the main flow ahead, submerged. A small slapping at my feet, where long tendrilled mosses sway in the backwash. A dipper zips past, busy making springtime plans, a robin tries in vain to

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Posted in Features, Magazine


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