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24 March 2008

Don't let dogs harm livestock, say Scots groups

Walkers in Scotland are being asked to take a lead in protecting livestock.The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland and the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) have teamed up to remind outdoors users of the damage that can be done to animals by out-of-control dogs.

21 March 2008

Body discovered in tent near West Highland Way

Forest workers made a gruesome discovery in a forest near the West Highland Way.A decomposed body was found in a tent in a forest between Bridge of Orchy and the Inveroran.

21 March 2008

Malham falcons join blogosphere

Wildlife lovers will be able to keep up to speed with the goings-on of the world’s fastest creatures, thanks to a new blog.One of Malham's peregrine falcons in flight Carl Watts/RSPB Malham Cove’s famous peregrine falcons get their own news website this year, with the latest facts about the Yorkshire Dales’ most observed family.

17 March 2008

Cavers safe after 30-hour ordeal in south Wales

Two cavers are safe after being trapped underground in a south Wales cave for 30 hours.The two men, in their 30s and from Gloucestershire and south Wales, were trapped by rising water but took refuge in a dry area of the Dan-yr-Ogof system in the Swansea Valley.

16 March 2008

Historic Dales curios go on show

A national park’s outdoor curios are going on display – online.Thousands of minor noticeable features of the Yorkshire Dales national park, ranging from milk-churn stands to sheep creeps, are being logged and featured in a project run by the park authority.The Yorkshire Dales: historic features online The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority already has details of 29,000 major historical features, such as barns, old houses and lime kilns, but work has begun on cataloguing the smaller items which characterise the Dales countryside.

11 March 2008

Scots minister agrees to bigger Cairngorms park

Britain’s largest national park is set to get even bigger.Scottish Environment Minister Mike Russell told the Scottish Parliament that the Cairngorms park would be extended to include eastern and Highland Perthshire and Blair Atholl.

14 March 2008

Tragic police chief 'probably twice over drink-drive limit'

The police chief found dead on Snowdon on Tuesday probably had double the legal drink-driving amount of alcohol in his body, a consultant pathologist said.Chief Constable Michael ToddDr Anthony Caslin told an inquest today that Chief Constable Michael Todd’s blood-alcohol level was 105 mg per 100ml at the time of his death.

13 March 2008

Woman dies after Torridon fall

A mountaineer died today after a fall in Torridon.The unnamed woman was airlifted by Coastguard helicopter from Fuar Tholl, a 907m (2,976ft) corbett near Achnashellach in Glen Carron.Members of Torridon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the aid of the woman this afternoon.

11 March 2008

Campaigners lose green-lane bike battle

Campaigners have lost the battle to stop a motorbike centre using green lanes in south Devon.South Hams District Council’s development control committee granted permanent planning permission to Wheeldon Farm to run motorbike training sessions which involve the use of the lanes around the centre near Halwell.Kate Ashbrook Officers had recommended permission be given for five years, but councillors overruled them and granted permanent consent.

25 March 2008

Warning as avalanches hit Cairn Gorm climbers

Safety experts are warning winter mountaineers to take care after avalanches struck climbers on Cairn Gorm.Three avalanches have been witnessed in recent days and more could follow, particularly in the now notorious Coire an t-Sneachda.

19 March 2008

Hunt continues for tragic police chief's jacket

The waterproof jacket belonging to police chief Michael Todd is still missing, a week after his death on Snowdon.Police and rescuers believe the Greater Manchester chief constable must have been wearing one when he took his final journey.

18 March 2008

Green battle on Botham's boyhood practice ground

It is the green space that resounded to the thwack of leather on willow 40-odd years ago as a young boy practised his cover drives and bowling technique.At the campaign meeting: from left, Jackie Martin, Marie Botham, Kate Ashbrook and Ashley StrellingThat young man went on to become one of England’s most successful all-round cricketers, with more than 19,000 runs and a wicket tally of 1,172.

17 March 2008

Rangers help Peak water research

National park rangers will help conduct a major research scheme into climate change over the next nine months.The volunteer rangers in the Peak District will conduct the biggest ever research project into moorland water levels.

10 March 2008

Walkers Welcome in East Yorkshire market town

Market Weighton is the latest town to extend a welcome to walkers.The East Yorkshire market town has gained Walkers Are Welcome status, a mark of its reputation as a place to enjoy the outdoors.A Walkers Are Welcome signThe town is the fifth to gain the accolade.

13 March 2008

Police chief's body showed no signs of fall

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of the police chief found on Snowdon found no signs of trauma from a jump or a fall.Greater Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd: no obvious cause of deathGreater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd’s remains were found buried by snow on a sloping path near Bwlch Glas, the col where the popular Pyg Track meets the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

12 March 2008

China: 'Everest is now closed'

Attempts on Everest have been put on hold after the Chinese government said it would allow no mountaineering on the Tibetan side of the peak in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.Everest's southern aspect from NepalThe authorities say they fear ‘heavy climbing activities and crowded climbing routes’ pose a safety hazard.

12 March 2008

Darling should 'tax tourists to boost environment'

Must try harder: that’s the verdict of England’s top conservation body following Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling’s first budget.Natural England chair Sir Martin DoughtyNatural England, which is charged with looking after the country’s landscape and environment, says bolder measures must be taken to boost a greener approach and protect the countryside in the wake of climate change.

12 March 2008

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