Ross and Cromarty East Local Biodiversity Action Group

Winter Lectures 2007

Come along to some of these interesting talks arranged throughout Easter Ross and the Black Isle and learn a bit more about the biodiversity on your doorstep. The talks look at important species that have been identified as key species for protecting and encouraging increases in their populations. Also, there is a more general look at mammals and the recent mammal records for the updated mammal atlas of the Highlands. All talks are free but donations welcome to aid future talks and projects.

Thursday January 25 - Capercaillie of the Black Isle and Easter Ross
Strathpeffer Community Centre, Strathpeffer at 7.30pm.
An illustrated talk by Claire Smith, RSPB Project Assistant, on the state of the capercaillie population in Easter Ross presently, with a look at the importance of them in our native woodlands. Will also talk about the historical context of caper over the past few hundred years.

Wednesday 7th February - Mammals of the Highlands
Fortrose Academy Theatre Hall, Fortrose at 7.30pm
An illustrated talk by Ro Scott of the Mammal Society on mammals of the Highlands, with a closer look at those in Easter Ross and the Black Isle. Learn about what’s on your doorstep and how to spot the more elusive species.

Wednesday 7th March - Nuts about Red Squirrels'
Strathpeffer Community Centre, Strathpeffer 7.30pm
Illustrated talk by Juliet Robertson, Project Officer FC, on the state and plight of red squirrels in Scotland and focusing on the importance of red squirrel in Easter Ross and the Black Isle. Juliet will also talk about how you, the public, can help by helping with surveys and sending in records. So come along and learn some more.

Wednesday 14th March - Red Kites of Easter Ross and the Black Isle
Averon Centre, Alness from 7.30pm
Illustrated talk by Brian Etheridge, RSPB Project Officer, on the release scheme of red kites from Scandinavia onto the Black Isle for this once extinct bird, its relative success and comparison with other locations. Learn about their habits and lifestyles and how they fit in to the local biodiversity. What does the future hold for these beautiful birds? Come along and find out.

For further information on these talks and the Ross & Cromarty Local Biodiversity Action Group, please contact:

Martin Hind - Easter Ross Countryside Ranger,
The Highland Council,
Planning & Development Service,
Council Buildings,
High Street,
Dingwall, Ross-shire,
IV15 9NQ.
Telephone: (01349) 868 563
Email: martin.hind@highland.gov.uk

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