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NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT
BIODIVERSITY WEEK IN CAITHNESS
30 AUGUST - 8 SEPTEMBER 2002
Biodiversity, short for 'biological diversity', is a relatively new word that has been coined to express the richness of nature or variety of life. It came into use after the UK government signed up to the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Earth Summit in Rio di Janeiro in 1992. Local authorities and others are being encouraged to take local action to promote biodiversity, to compliment national action programmes. The Caithness Biodiversity Action Plan is currently underway and Highland Council Ranger Service are running a series of events during national Biodiversity week which runs from 30th August to 8th September. The programme is as below and all activities are free.
For further information on the Caithness biodiversity plan contact Janet Bromham on Inverness (01463) 702274 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Highland communities pull out all the
stops for Scottish Biodiversity Week
Community groups, organisations and Rangers are coming together in a series of events across the Highlands to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week, 31 August 8 September 2002.
Scottish Biodiversity Week is nine days of events and activities,
organised by environmental and community groups, government agencies and
individuals, which aims to raise awareness about Scotlands rich variety of
animals, plants, fungi, microbes and the habitats in which they live. Over
100 events are planned across the country, ranging from guided walks,
talks, interactive games
Abriachan Forest Trust are encouraging people to 'bring on biodiversity' through drop-in activities including schools workshops to wood carving and bat box building. Fairburn Activity Centre are hosting a 'Fun in the Forest' event in the magnificent woodlands near Marybank. Rangers are holding guided walks and talks in Caithness, Assynt, Ross-shire and Lochaber. On Saturday 7th from 10am, the Inverness & Nairn Community Biodiversity Action Plan will be launched at Abriachan Village Hall, Inverness-shire. There will be a short presentation on the plan, followed by a light lunch and walks through the woods with red squirrel expert, Ian Collier. Everyone is welcome. Launched during biodiversity week, the booklet Biodiversity, Do a little change a lot in Inverness & Nairn highlights just a small representation of the biodiversity of the area. Actions are identified to help safeguard this precious resource, and they show that by working together, communities, schools, local businesses, agencies and authorities can make a difference to the biodiversity of Inverness & Nairn.
Throughout Sunday afternoon the woodlands surrounding the Fairburn Activity Centre will be a hive of activity, with guided walks led by tree expert John Miller to see Fairburn's amazing range of trees as well as pond dipping sessions run by Highland Council's enthusiastic ranger Martin Hind. There will also be the opportunity to join in with the volunteers from the British Trust for Conservation as they carry out work on the Fairburn pond.
Teas, coffees and home baking will be available all afternoon. Entry to the event is free but donations for the refreshments would be appreciated as all proceeds from the event will be going to the Highland Hospice. The event gets underway at 2.00pm and will finish at 5.00pm. For further information contact Ray Cameron at Fairburn Activity Centre. For more information contact: Janet Bromham, Highland Biodiversity Officer on 01463 702274, e-mail: email@example.com