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Relief over amended highland enclosure plans

Posted 13 August 2010
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Relief over amended highland enclosure plans
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Revised plans for wild animal enclosures in an area of the Scottish Highlands have been welcomed by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS).

The MCoS had been concerned that those putting on their walking boots would find access to the Corbett Carn Mor restricted due to a high fence meant to keep in creatures such as wildcats, European elk and Bison on the Alladale estate.

Instead, the body noted, these creatures will be held in smaller enclosures and it commented that under the new plans there will be no major problems of access or harm done to the scenery, with some fencing of the 173 hectare area being removed under the new blueprint.

This means plans to have wolves on the site, which straddles the boundaries of Easter Ross and Sutherland, will be shelved.

Concerns about access to mountains and the visual impact of development lay behind a recommendation made this week by director of planning and rural development for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Gordon Watson that a mining plan should be rejected.

The proposal to reopen the old gold mine at Cinionish near Tyndrum could cause problems for those climbing the overlooking Ben Lui, a 3,707 ft Munro, he noted.

Posted by Brandon Egley