Coun­try­side rangers’ ap­peal to get out win­ter walk­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

A GROUP of High­land rangers is en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to walk out­doors this win­ter.

Skye, Lochalsh and Ross and Cro­marty Coun­try­side Rangers be­lieve the win­ter is a great time to be out and about.

A group spokesman said: ‘Think it is out of sea­son for ranger walks? Think again. There are many ex­cit­ing events com­ing up.’

On Fri­day Jan­uary 27 there will be an or­gan­ised walk on the Black­rock Gorge in­clud­ing a ‘ win­ter tree ID’ where ram­blers can learn the mys­ter­ies of the gorge and how to iden­tify tree species. An­other op­tion is the ‘ win­ter leg stretcher’ around Or­mond Castle. Book­ing is re­quired for this event dur­ing which walk­ers will seek out signs of wildlife still try­ing to sur­vive in the colder months. There are also free drop-in ses­sions for bird en­thu­si­asts tak­ing place through­out the win­ter. At­ten­dees will be able to learn more about win­ter vis­i­tors, how to iden­tify in­di­vid­ual bird species and why the area of­fers an im­por­tant habi­tat for them. To book or for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mar­cia Rae on 07788 387634.

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