Our first Citizen Science events of the season proved popular. Our Raptor event ran by Brian Etheridge, previously having worked for RSPB and BTO proved popular with 11 people taking advantage of this workshop. A presentation was followed by a walk through woodland habitat looking at nests, raptors and field signs. Our other event was a slight contrast. We ran two days looking at Butterfly Recording and Monitoring as well as Moth identification. Ran by the ever popular Tom Prescott of Butterfly Conservation Scotland this workshop was fully booked and weather was ideal for spotting butterflies.
A busy first few months with lots of Footpath work. Contractors have done a fantastic job however they can only do so much and volunteers have done great work on the various paths in the Ben and Glen Nevis area. Monthly footpath work parties are topped up by awareness days for those leading people in the hills. National Trust for Scotland ran their first Thistle Camp in May and they were joined by a handful of Friends of Nevis volunteers as well as Nevis Landscape Partnerships Trainee Volunteer Rangers
Friends of Nevis Annual Dinner was well supported and all enjoyed an inspiring talk from Charlie Ramsay of Ramsay Round fame. The following day say another good turnout for an informative Guided Walk with local Historian Chris Robinson. "Views from Cow Hill - Past and Present." Another busy day was the Glen Nevis annual Spring Clean in April, up to 30 volunteers worked hard throughout the Glen to prepare the Glen for the summer visitors.
Welcome to our brand new website, what do you think? We're so happy to finally get it up and running. It's been many months in the making but we're finally here and we're pretty excited! We have strived to make information readily available and becoming a Friend of Nevis an enjoyable and user-friendly process however it's early days so please do get in touch with feedback of any kind, we need you to let us know if we've forgotten anything.
In other news we have been out and about volunteering as usual. There was an amazing turn out to the Spring Cleaning Litter Pick, thank you to all thirty of you who turned up for a clean sweep of the entire Glen. Dougie also had a handful of hardy footpath volunteers out on the lower section of Ben Nevis last weekend. The National Trust Thistle Camp will carry on with the repairs started by our volunteers all through next week.
Our next upcoming event is the June Footpath Work Party, make sure you're there for a fun day of fresh air with the Friends of Nevis.
See you soon!
Another weekend, another work party!
A big thank you to Dougie for sharing his path skills with all of our hardy volunteers, new and old, who turned up to lend a hand this weekend. We once again concentrated on clearing the drains, digging ditches and stabilising the water-bars around the bottom of the Ben Nevis footpath, near Achintee.
It was a really productive day & morale was high despite the dreich Highland climate. Ditches and water-bars really help preserve paths and what our volunteers achieved will go a long way to ensure the rain doesn't wash away the path surfacing no matter how many boots tread upon it.
If you fancy giving us a hand, check out our events page for the next volunteering days!
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The children of Lundavra Primary School have recently been learning about conservation and wanted to their bit for our environment so they came along to Glen Nevis for a day of exploring and tidying up. The day started with a little quiz to test their knowledge on what counts as litter and what doesn't then everyone headed out to pick up some of the rubbish left behind in the Glen.
As a reward for all of their hard work we treated the little litter pickers to a cosy picnic in the teepee with smores and hot chocolate before heading out for the last activity of the day, an un-natural treasure hunt. Lots and lots of fun was had by all and we hope to see the children of Primary 4/5 back soon to help us keep Glen Nevis tidy! A big thank you to Mr Ross, Ruari from Forestry Commission Scotland & Michelle, Lochaber Countryside Ranger.
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Our first footpath day of 2016 was a huge success, thank you all for coming along! Despite a chilly start to the morning and tough work on some frozen ground we think everyone had a really great time and managed to do plenty of ditch digging. We had ten folk come along to lend a hand which is an improvement on the last footpath day and we hope to see the numbers continue to grow.
Dougie was once again on hand to share his knowledge of all things path work and I managed to keep the volunteers warm with cups of tea, biscuits and a well-earned drink in the Ben Nevis Inn at the end of the day.
It's not all hard work, come along & see for yourself.
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