New Coordinator

We have chosen Diane Baum from a number of very talented and experienced applicants. Diane, who also works for Lochaber Fisheries Trust, has lived in the Fort William area for 6  years. Originally a zoologist, in her leisure time Diane is a keen hill walker and excels at hill running; she was 2nd lady in last year’s Ben Race!. Best wishes to Diane in her new post.

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Do you ‘like’ us?

Helen on path maintenanceDid you know we have a very active Facebook page run by one of our volunteers, Helen. Who does sterling work posting all kinds of newsy things to do with the Nevis area. So if you want to keep up to date with what is going on in the Nevis area then give us the thumbs up and ‘like’ us!

 

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Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year 2013

Patron of Friends of Nevis, Charles Kennedy presents the Volunteer of the Year award to Calun Ross

Friends of Nevis members and friends enjoyed their annual celebration in the Pinemarten Café, Nevis Range, recently. After dinner there was an interesting talk by Ian Sykes, followed by ceilidh dancing to local accordionist, Roddy Johnston, and fiddle player, Seonaid Lynn. As she was leaving, a presentation was made to Anna Trafford, coordinator of Friends of Nevis, and Charles Kennedy presented The Volunteer of the Year Award to Calum Ross. The next morning a group took part in an instructive and enjoyable walk in Glen Nevis, led by Cathy Mayne of Scottish Natural Heritage.

 

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Great Nevis Litter Pick and Curling Ponds Tidy Up

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday, Sunday the 17th November for Friends of Nevis end of season Glen Nevis tidy up. This even is often popular and this one was no exception.  The day was dry and we had 25 people busy in the Glen  litter picking and tidying up the old Curling Ponds area.  At this time of year at the Ponds the main job is getting rid of leaf fall so the leaves don’t block drainage around the sculpted curling feature and getting leaves off the path so it doesn’t become too slippy  if it gets frosty.

All involved did a sterling job and although it is sad we have to do litter picks we are taking less litter out – this year for the first year we pulled no bikes out of the River Nevis!

Thanks to the Highland Council for  providing the skip for the rubbish in the Braveheart car park and for loaning us the litter picks and to Fort  William Lidl and to the Ben Nevis Highland Centre for sponsoring our refreshments.

 

 

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Friends of Nevis AGM and work party weekend.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Friends of Nevis AGM on Saturday night at Cafe Beag in Glen Nevis. Our appreciation  to Jennie Robertson a local archaeologist who gave a fascinating talk after AGM business on Glen Nevis from the Bronze Age to the 19th Century.    Even those with a keen interest in the Glen learnt something new.   We also had lots of volunteers out in the Glen and on the Ben track – if you were out and about you may have seen them.  On Saturday a group of 10 did great work on the area in Glen Nevis in the site of the old Curling Ponds, clearing paths of weeds and cutting back undergrowth. They also took out three bags of rubbish.

On Sunday we had a party of 5 doing much needed path maintenance to the Youth Hostel spur of the main Ben Nevis track – clearing drains to keep the path dry and in reasonable condition.  Thanks to those volunteers too.

So with the 14 volunteer days given over the weekend and the 22 people at the AGM we had a busy few days. Thanks to allwho have showed their support and gave their  time – it is much appreciated.

Our AGM documentation is below for those who couldn’t make it along but who want to keep up to date with accounts and minutes etc.

Friends of Nevis 2012 Accounts

Chairman’s Report AGM Sept 1013

Draft AGM minutes 28-9-13

AGM 2012 approved minutes

See you on the hill or in the glen soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret squirrel events

Record numbers of people showed up at our recent squirrel events but unfortunately no squirrels! The event was led by squirrel expert Juliet Robinson, and although we didn’t see any there were plenty of signs of their presence in the Glen!

At the morning ‘red squirrel adventures’ we had 5 people plus Michael Laing to explain about the feeders. Thanks to him for coming! The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed getting access to Outlandia Tree house ( a unique learning space). We saw some fantastic fungi on a fungi forage and learned about the  squirrel feeders and trail cameras! Michael showed the group recent photos of squirrels feeding which was very valuable.

In the afternoon at the ‘red squirrel meander’, 10 more turned up. We did some squirrel art and learned about the elusive “secret squirells”!

The next Friends of Nevis events are:

The Cowhill walk

Date(s) – 3 Nov 2013

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Meeting place -Fort William Leisure Centre Foyer.

Glen Nevis Litter Pick

Date(s) – 17 Nov 2013
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location
Glen Nevis – meet at Ben Nevis Highland Centre (woollen mill)

call 07770 648330 or book online.

Win £50 of Nevisport Vouchers

What does the Nevis area mean to you? tell us for a chance to win £50 Nevisport vouchers.

The Nevis Partnership is keen yo hear about your use and feelings about Glen and Ben Nevis. To complete a short questionnaire
please follow the URL bellow:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bennevis

All responses will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Nevisport voucher.

Volunteer wildlife events bearing fruit!

The recent Moth Night (& Morning After) survey joined forces with another community event in Corpach and recorded three new-to-Lochaber migrant species of moths including the Rusty Dot Pearl led by specialist Tom Prescott (Butterfly Conservation).  45 species of moths were recorded in the Glen in one night.  Between the two events 500-600 moths were trapped (and released unharmed). Butterfly and moth species can be extremely sensitive to environmental change so findings from these kinds of surveys can be a good indicator of climate change. The warm spell we had this summer meant that numbers recovered so, if next summer is OK, numbers should be healthier after a run of recent colder, wetter summers.

The water vole surveying has also found evidence of water vole activity much further along the Glen – up by Ach na Con the old Graveyard –than we had hoped. It is great news to find evidence of voles so far down. There was also a recent possible sighting of a vole in Cafe Beag! Due to this Becks Denny, our water vole expert, relocated the next volunteer survey day on the 21st August to further down Glen Nevis.  We are awaiting the findings of this survey, so watch this space!

The next wildlife event is the Squirrel survey 24th August, up at the Outlandia tree-house. Call 01397 701901 or 07770 648330 or visit http://www.friendsofnevis.co.uk/  to register.

Photo courtesy of Roy Leverton.

Summer work on Ben Nevis Track

Althougth the summer has been dry (for Scotland) it is still vital to keep up our maintenance work. We had a volunteer work crew up on the lower Ben track on Friday 26, and Saturday 27th unblocking drains and clearing side ditches to help with that all important drainage.  Water does amazing damage to paths if it can’t flow off them; creating gullies and trenches down them.

As if to prove a point we had some pretty heavy rain on Friday but Linda, Matt, Lynn and Richard kept smiling through it all and on Saturday it was sunshine all the way.

A big thank you to them for all their hard work.

A big thank to you too to the Ben Nevis Campsite who gave them FREE camping pitches – run by Glen Nevis Holidays the site is really supportive to Friends of Nevis and helps out with volunteer accommodation whenever they can, so if you are looking for camping in Glen Nevis you know where to go.  www.glen-nevis.co.uk

Shona Squirrel makes an appearance

The Nevis Landscape Partnership’s squirrel cam in Glen Nevis is paying dividends proving that there is a  healthy and thriving red squirrel population in the Glen.   Maintained by Forestry Commission (FC)  volunteer Micheal who has experimented with locations, the latest pics are crackers and also show a thriving pine martin population too.   Thanks to the FC for providing the feeders and food.

The NLP and Friends of Nevis are running the next squirrel wildlife event on the 27th July – so come along to find out more about these increasingly rare but beautiful creatures.  See our events pages to book onto this event or call 07770 648330.

Red Squirrels are one of SNH’s big five wildlife species  too!

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