Scots Executive secures mountain weather forecast with three-year grant

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31 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

Foot-and-mouth: is the end nigh?

The Government’s top animal expert says farmers must continue to keep a close eye on their livestock, despite the news that a suspected case outside the original infection area proved negative.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday lifted the control zone it had set up around a farm at Wotton, near Dorking in Surrey.

12 August 2007

Reward after Borders eagle is poisoned

Conservationists have offered a £1,000 reward to help catch the poisoner of a golden eagle in the Scottish Borders.The female of the region’s only breeding pair was found dead and a search of the surrounding grouse moor found bait containing the banned chemical carbofuran.

14 August 2007

Foot-and-mouth control zones set up round two new sites

Government officials are analysing samples from two new sites at the centre of foot-and-mouth scares after animals showed symptoms of the virus.A temporary 3km control zone has been set up around each of the premises, at Romney Marsh in Kent, and in Surrey, between Epsom and Esher.

14 August 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 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

Lowther Hills are venue for mountain marathon

Organisers have revealed the previously secret venue for the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) – formerly known to generations of masochistic runners and walkers as the KIMM.

07 August 2007

Lairig Ghru walker rescued after night search

A walker was rescued after spending a night out in bad weather in the Cairngorms.The Glasgow man was separated from his companion in the Lairig Ghru and the alarm was raised about 7.45pm last night.

13 August 2007

Dog walkers told: watch those cows

Authorities have warned dog walkers to take care around cows and calves. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority issued advice to say the animals ...

14 August 2007

Cyclists plead not to be forgotten in coastal access campaign

Cyclists are pleading not to be left out of the coastal access campaign.The Cyclists’ Touring Club – the campaigning body for those on two wheels – says the Government’s consultation on creating a coastal access corridor is only aimed at walkers.

14 August 2007


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