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  1. Scotlands Best Kept Secret Exposed At New Festival

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    The Wild Lochaber Festival, to be held in the Outdoor Capital of the UK (OCUK), Fort William, will be a week-long celebration of the incredible wildlife (at sea and on land) and geology (landscapes and scenery) that can be experienced in Lochaber. Lochaber is an area of stunning natural beauty where you will find the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis; its deepest loch, Loch Morar; and the longest glen, The Great Glen.

    The region boasts a wealth of amazing wildlife rarely seen elsewhere in the UK —  red deer, golden eagle, sea eagle, osprey, pine marten,  otter, whales, dolphins, basking shark plus rare butterflies, dragonflies, orchids, alpine plants and much more. The whole of Lochaber is an internationally recognised Geopark with many of the world’s finest and most unique geological features are located here.

    The Wild Lochaber Festival inaugural event, organised by the OCUK, runs for one week from 1 June 2012 with a Festival Fair on the 2 and 3 June 2012. The Festival Fair will showcase all that is available in Lochaber’s natural environment and will provide a wealth of information relating to local biodiversity. Local organisations and tour operators who provide wildlife and landscape activities and events will be present, together with government and professional bodies.

    Organised events to be held during the Festival week are designed to show visitors and residents the best areas in Lochaber to spot wildlife and see the most interesting landscapes. Choices will include guided wildlife tours (on land and sea), walks, Geopark Rock Safaris, children’s activities and talks. Wildlife and landscape pictures taken by local schools for a photography competition will be on display and judged during the Festival. As part of the overall Wild Lochaber project, a series of self-guiding trails will be developed, with further plans to create new wildlife-watching hides.

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  2. Reducing The Risk Of Wildfires

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    The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is urging members of the public to take care during this current spell of dry weather as every year fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats.

    Alex Bennett, CFOA Lead on Wildfire said: “We are currently experiencing some delightful weather and it is only natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends but it is also important to stay fire-aware when out and about. With the dry weather set to continue into the Easter Holiday period we are asking the public to be vigilant and by following these few simple steps we can all help to reduce the chance of a wildfire”.


    1. Extinguish cigarettes properly – don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows

    2. Take your rubbish with you – especially glass bottles which can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire as well as hurt people and animals

    3. Avoid open fires – Always have them in safe designated areas.

    4. Report any fires in the countryside immediately –  Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident.

    5. Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

    6. Landowners and Land Managers are also advised, where possible, to ensure that fire breaks are cut and well maintained with any cut grasses and vegetation removed from the site.

    7. Remember that arson is a crime and will be prosecuted

    8. Only use barbeques in suitable and safe area – never leave them unattended

    9. Never use petrol – it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels.Make sure it is downwind and at least 10 metres away from any buildings or structures.Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves, to form a circle of earth around the fire

    10. Never leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use.


    For further fire safety advice contact your local Fire and Rescue Service.

  3. Capture Dartmoor On Camera Competition

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    To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Dartmoor National Park, the National Park Authority has launched an online photography competition with some great prizes. Visitors and residents alike are being encouraged to get out and capture the essence of Dartmoor on camera – its natural beauty, distinctive wildlife or fascinating cultural heritage. “If you have a photo which you feel really captures the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park, then we would love to see it. By the end of the competition we should have an amazing online gallery of images which celebrate what Dartmoor National Park means to people,” explains Jackie Ridley, Promotion and Development Officer for Dartmoor National Park Authority.

    Entrants to the competition could win some great prizes – the first prize is a landscape photography workshop with Devon-based landscape photographer Adrian Oakes; second prize is a large canvas wrap of one of your own photos.

    Photo credit: Dartmoor West from Saddle Tor – Richard Reed

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