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Scots Executive secures mountain weather forecast with three-year grant

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31 July 2007

Blind water-skier in Windermere speed challenge

Lakeland authorities are considering taking action after the Windermere speed limit was allegedly broken by a boat towing a blind water-skier.Kevan Furber, the skipper of the boat, was interviewed after Lake District National Park Authority officers took video recordings and laser speed-gun readings.

25 July 2007

Midges by the millions for Scots researchers

An Edinburgh academic plans to trap millions of midges in a new research project.Dr Alison Blackwell, who runs the Advanced Pest Solutions company, will trap the annoying insects to help research into a cattle disease which blights parts of Europe.

25 July 2007

Hunting fine for terrier man is Welsh first

A Denbighshire pensioner has been fined in what is believed to be the first successful prosecution under the Hunting Act in Wales.William Francis, 69, of St Asaph, pleaded guilty to hunting a wild animal with a dog.

30 July 2007

Midge count plummets in Britain's wettest summer

Every cloud has a silver lining, they say, and Britain has had more than its fair share of clouds this summer.But while the gloom and torrents of rain may have induced depression among those outdoors lovers who pine for a clear day and a view from the hill, the awful weather has had one benefit for walkers: it has spelt disaster for the midge.recast.co.uk/2007/default_map.asp Culicoides impunctatus, the Scottish midge notorious for causing misery for thousands of Highland visitors every year, has had its worst summer for years.

30 July 2007

It's time for South Downs national park, says Castaway star

Television presenter Ben Fogle has thrown his weight behind a campaign to conclude the long-running saga of the South Downs National Park.Ben, who took over the post of president of the Council for National Parks earlier this month, has added his voice to those calling for a decision on the boundaries of the park.

31 July 2007

Union man back at work as TGO bosses do u-turn

Managers at TGO’s publishing company have climbed down in the face of a legal challenge by the National Union of Journalists over the suspension of one of their officers.Newsquest, owners of the outdoors magazine, reinstated Gordon Thomson, deputy father of chapel (workplace representative) after what it claims was a misunderstanding.The reporter was suspended after refusing to obey an order to attend a meeting at which he understood he might have been disciplined, unless he was accompanied by a colleague, as permitted by employment law.

01 August 2007

Our uplands are 'neglected and declining'

The United Kingdom’s uplands are in crisis. They are neglected, damaged and in decline. Despite farming dominating land use, its economic benefi...

02 August 2007

Campaigners slam footpath ?gold standard?

A pressure group says Cornwall’s grading of footpaths is unacceptable.Despite having a legal obligation to keep footpaths clear, the county council’s new draft access strategy says some paths are ‘not needed for public use’.The Open Spaces Society (OSS), which campaigns for the maintenance of commons and rights of way, fears this designation will lead to the authority turning a blind eye to problems on those paths.

04 August 2007

Thousands hit the hill in penance on Sunday

Walkers seeking peace and solitude on one of Ireland’s best known mountains this weekend should forget the idea.Around 20,000 people will make their way this Sunday to the summit of the 764m (2,510ft) Croagh Patrick, the shapely cone of quartzite-covered rock near Westport in County Mayo.

25 July 2007

More woes for outdoor retail firm as shares plummet

Troubled retail company Sports Direct International saw its value drop by 23 per cent yesterday after it issued a profits warning.The Sports World parent firm, which has a 29 per cent stake in the Blacks Group of outdoor shops and which recently bought 60 per cent of Field & Trek, saw its shares crash from 190p to 147p.

25 July 2007

Quadruple amputee attempts charity triathlon

A man who lost his hands and feet after a climbing accident is to tackle a triathlon to raise money for charity.Jamie Andrew, who suffered severe frostbite while awaiting rescue in a storm on the 4,000m Les Droites near Chamonix, hopes to raise £50,000 by completing the event.

25 July 2007

Six plucked by helicopter from Snowdon crag

Six climbers were rescued from a north Wales crag after one of their party fell and injured himself.The night-time rescue was carried out by an RAF Sea King helicopter after emergency services were alerted by a mobile phone call.

30 July 2007

Sharon goes head over heels after mountain proposal

The course of true love never did run smooth, but one adventurous woman found her forthcoming marriage on the rocks within seconds of accepting her boyfriend’s proposal.Sharon Perry had just accepted romantic Andy Laurence’s mountain-top offer of marriage when she fell head over heels – literally – in a tumble down the north Wales hillside where Andy had popped the question.Sharon fell two metres, gashing her forehead and injuring her knee as she went to help her seven-year-old daughter Olivia Jones on a scree slope on Moel Siabod, near Capel Curig.

30 July 2007

Ice-Age art preserved at Derbyshire cave

Cave art dating from the Ice Age has been preserved at a Derbyshire site. The site, at Creswell Crags, has also seen the building of a bridleway, at a...

01 August 2007

Mountain marathon entries: act now!

Are you athletic, but forgetful? Did you make a mental note somewhere that you must do something vital on 1 August?Well, you’ve got less than an...

02 August 2007

Foot and mouth: it's back

The spectre of a British countryside out-of-bounds returned again today with the news that foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed in cattle at a farm near Guildford in Surrey.Already, animal movements across Britain have been banned; the gathering of animals is restricted, as is dipping and shearing and all farms have been ordered to increase their biosecurity.

04 August 2007

'Titanium Man' completes triathlon challenge

The man dubbed the ‘Titanium Man’ has completed a gruelling charity challenge.Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew finished his Ironman-length triathlon earlier today.

05 August 2007

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