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Ben Wyvis Natural Nature Reserve

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) wants to hear from people with an interest in Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve to help prepare future plans.

Overlooking the town of Dingwall, and prominent on the skyline from Inverness, Ben Wyvis dominates the local landscape and is one of a small number of high-plateau mountain sites in the UK.

A significant part of the mountain is a National Nature Reserve (NNR), owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). This Munro supports a mosaic of upland habitats, which attracts a range of upland wildlife including mountain specialists like dotterel, mountain hares and ptarmigan, as well as red deer and the occasional golden eagle.

Ian Sargent, the reserve manager, said: “Ben Wyvis is a great place for people to connect with and enjoy Scotland’s rugged upland nature. As part of considering our plans for the future, we would like to hear what people value most about this nature reserve, and their suggestions for ongoing management”.

The reserve's quiet seclusion attracts hillwalkers to enjoy the NNR from the well-established path which makes it a popular and well-known ascent. In conditions of poor visibility, navigation along the summit becomes more difficult, and as a result several paths have formed.  SNH has recently been working to encourage walkers to use one main path, while restoring and re-vegetating adjacent areas to improve these sensitive upland habitats.

SNH has published a draft plan and a consultation leaflet. Consultation leaflets and more information may be downloaded from the NNR website (www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/ben-wyvis) or by e -mailing SNH at NNR@snh.gov.uk.

The consultation period runs from 29 January until 12 March 2018.





The following article dated 02/06/2016 has been taken from the North Star Twitter account.

Avoch to launch citizens speedwatch scheme

RESIDENTS in Avoch and Killen are following the lead of another local community council by starting a citizens’ speedwatch campaign.

Speeding vehicles have been causing great concern in the twin communities, particularly for parents, despite the best efforts of Police Scotland and Highland Council.

Recent speed monitoring has recorded a large number of motorists speeding in both villages.

After consultation with residents over many months, it has been decided to adopt a similar scheme to the one piloted in Culbokie last year which brought very positive results.

From May to July this year, volunteer Avoch residents, working in pairs, will observe vehicles passing the speed sign along the A832 at the west end of the village, travelling east.

Volunteers will wear hi-vis jackets and stand in a prominent position next to the "smiley face" speed sign. It is hoped this will encourage drivers to slow down coming into the village and be more attentive about not triggering the "sad face" sign.

The "sad" face sign is triggered by speeds of 31 mph or more.

The volunteers will record both the total numbers of vehicles and the number of those that trigger the "sad face" sign.

With residents observing traffic regularly and at random times over many months, campaigners believe that overall speeds will steadily reduce.

The volunteers will not be recording any information that could lead to the identification of specific vehicles. The initiative is designed to simply make all motorists think about their speed and no record is being made of any specific vehicle that triggers the sign.

If the initiative is successful in Avoch, it is hoped to extend it to Killen with the assistance of local residents.

Sarah Dunton, chairwoman of Avoch and Killen Community Council, said: "We hope motorists will slow down, think about the initiative and smile at the volunteers wearing their hi-vis jackets. We believe this is a friendly way to making our community safer. "Residents will provide that regular, long-term presence that complements Police Scotland’s activities perfectly."

If you believe that a similar initiative should be considered for Station Road, Conon Bridge, please send an email to cononconsult@gmail.com with the words Speed Monitoring as the subject.