- Beinn a Ghlo path given a new lease of life
- Overseen by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland (OATS), extensive path
repair and upgrading works on the Carn Liath path on Beinn aGhlo have
been finished. Beinn aGhlo was identified as a priority as part of the
five year National Lottery Heritage funded The Mountains & The People
(TMTP) project with the total cost of repairing and upgrading this route being
just over £226,000, with £60,000 coming from the Mend our
Mountains: Make One Million campaign.
There was a ceremony to mark the occasion in September 2019 when local constituency
MSP, John Swinney was there to see for himself the vast improvement to the
path and the surrounding habitats and soils. He also met with some of the
people who were involved in the repair of this much-loved route, including
contractors, path trainees and volunteers.
- Coul Links
The long sweep of the sand from Embo to Loch Fleet, Julian
Paren, CC BY-SA 2.0
In February the Coul Links golf course development was refused planning permission
by the Scottish Government on being called in after the Highland Council gave
- Glen Etive Hydro Schemes
- Last year, Highland Council approved a number of hydro schemes in Glen Etive.
There was considerable outrage and numerous objections to the plans, particularly
to the three schemes on the east side of the Glen. It was felt by many that
these were wholly inappropriate in what is both a National Scenic Area and
a Wild Land Area. NEMT submitted objections or comments on these three schemes.
What has been happening since the schemes were approved? While work has started
on a new overhead powerline, new passing places on the road and on a couple
of the schemes in the forestry on the west side of the glen, no work has started
on the now confirmed schemes on the east side. Planning for the Allt Chaorainn
scheme seems to be the most advanced. The intake weirs for this will be of
significant size with no clarity as to how they will withstand severe weather
events. Equally troubling are plans to blast and peck a trench
through the bedrock to accommodate the penstock (pipe). This sort of large
scale engineering simply should not be happening in a designated landscape.
- Climate change alters Highland red deer gene pool
- Researchers on the Isle of Rum have found that climate change has had an
impact on the breeding patterns of the red deer on the island. Not only do
warmer temperatures encourage deer to give birth earlier in the year, it has
also meant the gene for breeding earlier has become more common among Rum
deer. A team of scientists made the discovery using data collected over a
45-year period. They described this finding as documented evolution
in action. The gene which causes earlier births is much more common
amongst the deer that give birth earlier in the year. Studies have shown that
the deer are giving birth earlier since the 1980s at a rate of about
3 days per decade. This is partly due to the effects of warmer temperatures
and a milder climate on the deers physiology and behaviour.
- Wild Cats bred in captivity to be released into the wild
- A major reintroduction of Scottish wild cats project has been established
with the support of SNH and EU funding of £3.2 million.
The project is being led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the
plans include the establishment of a re-introduction centre at the Kincraig
Wildlife Park. The intention is to release 60 animals over a six year period
starting in 2022. Potential release sites are being explored within the Cairngorm
National Park. A spokesperson stated that:
Using wildcats from the existing captive population, as well as cats
from Europe to boost the gene pool, the reintroduction centre will provide
a sustainable source of wildcats for years to come."
- Huge £5.4 m. project to plant a million trees alongside the River
- The River Dee Trust, working in partnership with the Dee District Salmon
Fishery Board, has already started the ambitious project by planting species
like alder, willow, rowan, birch, aspen and Scots pine along the tributaries
of the famous Aberdeenshire river. It is thought this may help to lower the
water temperature which is harmful to young salmon and also benefit biodiversity
in the area. The partnership has already planted 200,000 trees with the co-operation
of the Invercauld and Balmoral estates. The target of a million trees planted
may be reached within a 15 year time period.
A SNH project is also using the plantation of 8,000 broad-leafed trees in
North Highland and the construction of six new culverts to aid the passage
of salmon and trout up the tributaries to spawning grounds. This project also
discovered a new colony of freshwater pearl mussels; the success of pearl
mussels is closely linked to having a healthy fish population in rivers.
- Aspen champion wins Nature of Scotland Award
- Stewart Taylor has made a huge contribution to the preservation and encouragement
of aspen within the Cairngorms National Park. He recalls many years ago seeing
little aspen survivors hanging on a windswept cliff top and in
recent years has been a key member of the Aspen Steering Group. Stewart moved
to the Cairngorms in 1976 as the first RSPB Osprey Warden at the Loch of Garten.
He comments about the Aspen tree: Its a beautiful tree that supports
many overlooked species
- Attempt on winter continuous round of Munros
- Kevin Woods, climber, is currently in the process of attempting to climb
all the Munros he is calling it Winter 282. He is using
a car to travel from area to area and is being supported by a variety of family
members, friends and fellow climbers. Not surprisingly he has encountered
stormy conditions with gales, heavy rain and snow.
Martin Moran was the first climber to make a successful Winter round and the
other one I recall was Steve Perry. Anybody else? At the time of writing Kevin
Woods has completed 228 with 54 more to do he is posting on Facebook
with a wee commentary of every day, photos and the occasional video.
This is his latest commentary at the time of writing:
Really good day today above the north side of Loch Cuaich with Helen.
Pretty wild at points, but breaks of sun too - definitely dramatic. Spindrift
on Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, river crossing below Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach at
last light. Saw moonbows (?) on the way down as showers were passing through.
Finished the evening changing Helens car tyre and dinner at midnight!
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