Inverness Rangers get batty and literary

Highland Council Rangers are inviting outdoor lovers to join them this weekend on three guided walks in the Inverness area. Two of the walks will focus on bats and the third will explore the impact that the Highland landscape has on writers, artists and musicians.

Countryside Ranger Katy Martin will be leading the bats walks on Friday 28th August at Ness Islands, Inverness and on Saturday 29th at Milton Woods, Farr. Both walks take place from 8pm to 10pm.

During her walks Katy will share her knowledge on bats, including how they make conversations; how many midges they can eat in one night; and the fact that some species use the River Ness as a commuting route.

Katy said “Bats are really amazing creatures. Both the community woodland at Farr and the River Ness provide wonderful locations to observe wild animals in rural and urban settings.

Each evening will comprise of a short talk followed by a walk. These events are suitable for children aged 8 years or over who must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to wear warm clothing and be prepared for inclement weather.

On Saturday 29th August from 11am to 2pm Highland Council Countryside Ranger Corinne Hambly and Stuart Findlay, Forestry Commission Scotland Ranger will lead a walk into beautiful Glen Cannich to experience the wonder first hand and to share some classic literature, artwork and music.

Corinne said “No matter how many times you get out into the countryside, there is always something new and exciting to see or hear, be it birdsong, a butterfly or the sun lighting a view in a whole new way.  We’re going out on Saturday to celebrate the glorious landscape and investigate how it has inspired others.”

During the walk, Corinne and Stuart will read quotes from famous Scottish authors. There will be art work to see and music will be played in the landscape which inspired the composer.

Participants are invited to bring their own favourites to share with the group. To book a place on the Forest, Mountain and Moorland Book Club Walk please telephone 01463 710786.  Information will be given out on what to bring and where to meet on booking.

Places on the Bat Walks at Inverness Ness Islands or Milton Woods, Farr  can also be booked by telephoning 01463 710786.

The aim of the Highland Council Countryside Rangers is to promote public enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside and to conserve wildlife.


26 Aug 2009