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Fife charity worker named Overall Champion of Scottish Walking Awards

A Fife charity worker who runs a walking group to help migrants boost their health, social life and spoken English has been named as the first-ever overall champion of the Scottish Walking Awards. The panel of expert judges were wowed by Magdalena Augustyn-Lygas’ successful coordination of Sole Sisters community health walk project, run by Fife Migrants Forum. Magdalena scooped the Community Walking Champion and Overall Champion titles, following more than 160 entries being submitted to ten categories earlier this spring. Nominations included everything from businesses, councils, land managers and housing associations to the journalists, staff and local volunteers who are

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Walkers needed for Scottish Mountain Hare survey

Hillwalkers are wanted for the first on-the-ground national survey to shed light on distribution and numbers of Scottish mountain hares. The survey, which is launched this week and will carry on throughout 2021, is calling on hillwalkers, naturalists and other outdoor enthusiasts to record sightings of the charismatic animals as they are out and about. No previous experience of wildlife surveys is necessary to take part. Mountain hares are Scotland’s only native hare and an important species in the Scottish hills, and gathering more accurate information about them will help inform conservation efforts. There is concern about the state of

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Tick bites – how to prevent and deal with them

For Tick Bite Prevention Week, a team of tick-borne virus researchers (Alexandra Wilson, Mazigh Fares and Benjamin Brennan) explain how walkers can prevent tick bites and what to do if you are bitten. With the days getting warmer and the hope of COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease, we are all looking forward to a hike in beautiful Scottish landscapes. Unfortunately, the spring weather is also ideal for an unwanted hiking companion: ticks. These arachnids are widespread in humid and warmer climates and they hide in high grass waiting for an unlucky host to pass them by. A tick’s relationship with

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Saving Wildcats project receives boosts

Efforts to save the Scottish wildcat from extinction have taken a major step forwards after the first cat was introduced to the Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre at the Highland Wildlife Park. The project has also been boosted by a £9000 donation raised by a local fundraiser who rescued a potential hybrid wildcat kitten near Grantown on Spey. Nell, a young female, arrived from Alladale Wilderness Reserve and has settled well into the off-show centre, which provides breeding space, veterinary care, remote monitoring and training to prepare cats for life in the wild.   It is hoped that any

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Call for government champion to capitalise on rising numbers outdoors

A dozen outdoor organisations are together calling for a new ‘Outdoor Recreation Champion’ role to be created within the Scottish Government, to ensure that everyone in society benefits from being active in nature.  The new cross-departmental role is one of several innovative ideas within a joint manifesto published today by Scottish Outdoor Recreation Alliance (SORA), aimed at supporting the booming demand for the outdoors. SORA’s Manifesto for the Outdoors also calls for: A guarantee that every primary and secondary school pupil has at least one week away at an outdoor centre Long-term strategic investment in infrastructure such as facilities, ranger services, education and skills training More support for BAME communities and people in deprived areas to

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Scottish winter hillwalkers needed for survey

Do you regularly head out into the Scottish hills in winter? The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has teamed up with Stirling University to find out more about how walkers, climbers and skiers plan their trips. The researchers are keen to hear from everyone who would normally (assuming no Covid-restrictions) go out at least a couple of times in winter. Researchers are hoping as many people as possible will complete the survey from novice walkers to experienced mountaineers. The aim of the survey is to better understand how published avalanche reports and the avalanche service is used and understood by climbers,

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Scottish Walking Awards 2021

Scotland’s leading walking charities have launched a new National Award to celebrate the people, organisations and communities who are supporting others to enjoy an active lifestyle. The first-ever Scottish Walking Awards will showcase a broad range of inspiring walking projects – from businesses, councils, land managers and housing associations to the journalists, staff and local volunteers who inspire others to step out. The Scottish Walking Awards launches on 4 February 2021, and features ten categories celebrating a wide range of contributions to getting people moving more in Scotland – as well as an overall Champion of Champions. The awards are

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Covid and mountain safety

With very wintry weather continuing, Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue are reminding people to keep within their limits, be aware of the extra challenges of winter conditions, and to remember the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies in winter too. While there is no shortage of snow in the mountains – usually ideal conditions for winter walkers, climbers and skiers – COVID-19 restrictions on travel have meant that for most people access to the high mountains is either limited or totally out of reach. However, many people are being creative and venturing out to explore and enjoy what their local

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£100k improvements planned for popular Scottish trails

NatureScot is funding almost £111,000 of improvements to the path network, including many on Scotland’s Great Trails such as the West Highland Way. The aim is to reduce barriers and improve access for all. With a big increase in the number of people heading to the outdoors and connecting with nature over the past year, and more than 70% of the Scottish population living within 5 miles of a Great Trail, much of the work is designed to improve the accessibility of the network. The Clyde Walkway will benefit from around £20,000 for a new wooden boardwalk and the replacement

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Consultation begins on return of lynx to Scotland

An extensive and impartial study to assess people’s views about the possible reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to the Scottish Highlands is being launched this month by a new partnership of the charities SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, Trees for Life and Vincent Wildlife Trust. Ecological research has shown that extensive areas of Scotland could support lynx, but the charities say returning the shy and elusive animal is less about science and more about people’s willingness to live alongside a species that’s become forgotten on these shores. The year-long Lynx to Scotland consultation will impartially and accurately assess public and stakeholder attitudes around the idea of lynx reintroduction, including in rural

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