Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT) August 2021

It has been just over 1 month since I returned from my woodland activity leader-training course. Otherwise known as WALT.  The training took place at Wild-Things! An environmental education charity based in Findhorn on the Moray coast. My colleague, Lucy, came with me for the 7- day course and we had a fantastic week. There were 10 participants on the

Wild fires in the Highlands – more of a problem than you think

There is something relaxing about sitting around a camp fire.  It does create a feeling of well being, sitting there chatting with friends and family and focussing on the flickering flames between you. For many who have been cooped up indoors for several months, the thought of getting into the great outdoors and being able to do something as basic

New roof will help open Croft House doors to visitors

After the blizzards of Easter, the spring has entered mildly.  Taking advantage of the first of the sunny days after the snows I arranged to visit Isle Martin to review the CALLP project that has renovated the roof of the Croft House.  However, as always, when I arrive at Isle Martin, it was the hum of bees that I immediately

Glen Canisp nature trail repairs complete

  The summit of Suilven dominates the peaks of Coigach and Assynt.  Whether it is the camel back profile spied from Stac Pollaidh or Elphin, or the bald pate rising over Lochinver, Suilven is one of Scotland’s most distinctive mountains.  However for me the most picturesque view of Suilven is from Glencanisp itself. Recently I had the chance to sit

Builders overcome tough challenges to upgrade Isle Martin Croft

Isle Martin Croft has been given a substantial upgrade, in part thanks to the local firm of builders who tackled the hefty challenges of working on a tiny island with no roads in order to make the improvements. The Croft has been mainly unoccupied for thirty years and suffered from damp and neglect. However after careful consideration Isle Martin Trust,

Postie’s Path upgrades make path better for walkers

by Michelle Henley, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves Project Officer A centuries-old route across the remote hills of Coigach, once used by the hardiest of postmen, was recently given a major upgrade to make it safer for all kinds of walkers for many years to come. The Postman’s path is a popular route which skirts the coastline around the Scottish Wildlife

Clachtoll Broch wins top award

Clachtoll Broch has been named Rescue Project of the Year in the prestigious UK-wide Current Archaeology Magazine Annual Awards. Historic Assynt, one of our partners, is leading the restoration work on Clachtoll Broch, which over the last 15 years has been transformed from a neglected ruin to a fascinating window into life in the area over 2000 years ago. It

Quinag’s wildlife and history in the spotlight

The John Muir Trust is working with the Assynt Field Club on a project to assemble and make available as much information as possible about the landscape and wildlife of Quinag, funded through the CALLP community grants scheme. They are also looking at  the human activities, past and present, that affect them. Where possible, they plan to summarise the lengthier

Quinag path project helps protect iconic mountain route

A popular route up one of our most iconic hills will be easier for walkers, and less damaging to the mountain, thanks to work that has just been completed by the John Muir Trust on Quinag. It was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership scheme, and through the generosity of John

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