Note: Revision 1 of the printed calendars has incorrectly stated this as 2/3 November.
Carn Dearg club hut. Annual boules competition, banquet, Halloween party, fireworks. Stayover if you want. More details later.
At Forfar Fire Station at 19:30. Open Meeting followed by talk. “New Zealand” by Willie Mather.
Leaving Myre car park at 07:00 by shared cars. More details later.
Àite Cruinnichidh hostel (12 places). Cost £34. Fully booked, but please contact Neil if you are interested and he'll try to book more beds. See here for contact details.
7 members attended. Left from Myre car park at 07:00 by 3 shared cars. Walking from the Loch Moraig road end at 08:30. Although there is a new track further up, the low section after the hut was incredibly wet after Saturday's rain. One turned back, feeling unwell, on the climb to Carn Liath and spent the day exploring the new tracks around the south side. The remaining six climbed Carn Liath (976m) and went on to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m). A group of 3 backed tracked to the bealach then dropped south into the central corrie. They used the old path rather than heading for the new one, reaching the cars at 15:45. (17.5km, 1050m ascent). Another group of 3 carried onto Carn nan Gabhar (1121m), descending by the steep sides of Airgiod Bheinn (1061m), then followed the new path for the long walk out at 16:25 (21km, 1400m ascent). Weather was dry with clear tops. Overcast in the morning, but cleared up to be a lovely day. 5 of the group stopped at Dunkeld for a fish supper. Back in Forfar at 18:30.
24 members attended. After the meeting, there was a talk by the Glen Ogil head gamekeeper, Danny Lawson. Danny talked at length (without illustration) about his work and the estate's work on shooting grouse, and wild life preservation and diversity. He reported there were over 200 species recorded on the estate (which includes rented parts of Glen Moy and Nathro). e.g. it has one of the largest golden plover populations in the UK. A German team of scientists are helping map wildlife in the area. Danny described the work of the grouse moor, including using sheep as tick baits and culling mountain hares to keep tick numbers down, but not eradicating then as reported on social media. Deer have now almost been excluded from the estate by surrounding fence. He explained how modern recording methods of keeping statistics on grouse breeding and shooting are used in the estate logistics. e.g. how many days to shoot for? He also said that free butchered game is available from the estate! See our secretary for details. A very interesting talk.
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