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Rewilding in pictures: more Scottish landowners join Northwoods network

Increasing numbers of Scottish landowners are joining a chain of rewilding projects to tackle the nature and climate emergencies, and create new economic opportunities for rural communities. The Northwoods Rewilding Network is bringing together a diverse group of farms, estates, crofts and community lands, and has more than doubled in size to 28 land partners since its April launch. The sites now cover more than 7,000 acres between them, and Northwoods aims to grow to at least 10,000 acres within two years. Operated by rewilding charity SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, Northwoods was created in response to a growing number of

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MBA Bothies reopen in Scotland and Wales

Following the lifting of most statutory restrictions and with the agreement of bothy owners, the Mountain Bothies Association has announced that the bothies they maintain in Scotland and Wales reopen for responsible use from Monday 9th August. Bothies in England reopened on 19 July following the lifting of restrictions there. MBA Chairman, Simon Birch, said: “Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, we have adopted the position that our shelters are closed and we would like to thank all those responsible MBA members and the general public who have complied with that request. “Covid-19 has not gone away and

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Walkers urged to check for deer stalking before Heading for the Scottish Hills

Scotland’s Nature Agency, NatureScot, is urging hillwalkers to check online for deer stalking information before setting out during the busiest part of the season. NatureScot manages the Heading for the Scottish Hills website, which provides details on deer stalking on estates up to late October to help walkers avoid disturbing stalking. Scotland offers fantastic hillwalking, but summer and autumn are also important for deer stalking, which contributes to the rural economy and helps protect woodland and other habitats. With many more people getting out and about to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer with the easing of

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Cairngorms 2030 project secures £12.5m funding

The Cairngorms National Park has secured the largest award amongst five projects across the UK to receive a share of £50million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Horizon Awards. The Cairngorms 2030: people and nature thriving together project has been developed by the National Park Authority with 45 partners. The plan includes more than 20 schemes across the National Park, which is the largest of the UK and home to 25% of all its threatened species. The schemes planned include restoring 3,500 hectares of peatland, planting thousands of trees to help add 1,000 hectares of woodland cover, developing a

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Don’t get lost in the hills – low-cost navigation courses

We have teamed up once again with Mountaineering Scotland to offer a series of non profit one-day navigation courses to help you get the skills to find your way in the hills. These single day courses have been very popular, and those in June were fully booked; we now have further dates in Arrochar on 16 and 17 October. This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills while meeting other Walkhighlands users on a fun and friendly day. Each course will begin at 9am with an hour of work indoors and then the rest of the day

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TikTok star in new film promoting responsible wild camping

Ramblers Scotland has today launched a new short film featuring Scottish TikTok star Jarad Rowan, aimed at encouraging responsible wild camping in Scotland. Jarad, known as @LittlestChicken to his hundreds of thousands of social media followers, discovers five ‘Rules of Wild Camping’ during a trip to Borders Forest Trust’s scenic Corehead estate near Moffat. The light-hearted video – supported by NatureScot and John Muir Trust – shows Jarad learning where to camp, what to pack, where to go to the toilet outdoors, how to leave no trace and the importance of using stoves rather than lighting fires. Jarad, aged 21 from Stranraer, said: “This

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Climbing hero’s legacy inspires new generation of mountaineers

A charitable foundation supporting young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue adventure in the mountains has been launched today in memory of mountaineering legend, Martin Moran. Born in North Tyneside, Martin set up home in the North-West Highlands of Scotland with his wife Joy, from where they ran a guiding business. He became one of the best known figures in Scottish mountaineering, and in 1984 became the first to complete a winter round of the Munros. The Martin Moran Foundation launches today in the hopes that the climber’s legacy will inspire a new generation of young people who wouldn’t otherwise have the support or resources

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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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Chain of rewilding ‘stepping stones’ to tackle Scotland’s nature and climate crises

A chain of nature-rich hotspots bringing together a diverse group of estates, farms, crofts and community-owned land is to be created across Scotland with a new rewilding network launched by charity SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. The Northwoods Rewilding Network will allow more of Scotland’s many smaller landholdings of 50 to 1,000 acres to play a bigger role in restoring and connecting rich habitats full of life to boost declining species, tackle climate breakdown, and create new opportunities for rural communities.  Northwoods will complement Scotland’s major landscape-scale rewilding sites by filling in the gaps in local areas and joining together a tapestry of smaller nature recovery

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Scots set for return to the hills from Friday

In a surprise announcement today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that restrictions on travel within Scotland are to be lifted from this Friday 16th April. It had been expected that this was to happen on 26th April, but it has been brought forward “to benefit people’s mental health”. All categories of accommodation still remain closed until the planned reopening on 26th April, when it is also expected that travel into Scotland from the other UK nations will also be permitted. Also from 26th, upto 6 people will be able to meet outdoors – currently there is a maximum of 4

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