Become a Shore Watch Volunteer -free training

WDC wick site call    A great opportunity to volunteer this week at various locations around Caithness.  Starting with a free training session in PPP, Wick at 6pm on Wednesday 22nd followed by a taster session out to the longberry/Trinkie area.  Volunteers will be trained to identify marine life, dolphins, whales etc.   

Further sessions will be held :

St Johns Point 4-6pm 23rd May

Scrabster 11-1pm 24th May

Strathy 11-1pm 25th May         This is an opportunity to volunteer while out and about, so if you are regularly in thses areas you could volunteer to monitor wildlife in the sea while having fun!

Flow Country Consultation

The Peatlands Partnership has announcing the start of an extensive community consultation over a proposed World Heritage Site for The Flow Country, the vast area of peatlands in Sutherland and Caithness that is now widely recognised as being the best peatland of its type in the world. 

The consultation process will start on Tuesday, May 14th in Wick with the first of a series of thirteen drop in events around the area.  These events, which will run from 11am to 7pm, except for Golspie which will be from 1pm to 7pm, are part of a larger community consultation about the whole idea of a World Heritage Site in The Flow Country.

The timetable for the drop-in events, running from 11am to 7pm, is as follows:

14th May

Pultney Centre, Wick

15th May

Golspie Community Centre (1pm-7pm)

16th May

Timespan, Helmsdale

17th May

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

20th May

Brora Community Centre

21st May

Lybster Community Centre

22nd May

Altnaharra Hotel

23rd May

Youth Centre, Halkirk

24th May

Thurso Library

27th May

Lairg Community Centre

28th May

Strathy Village Hall

29th May

Tongue Village Hall

30th May

Kildonan Hall

The Partnership will collate all the feedback from these meetings as well as gathering local people’s ideas and anecdotes about The Flow Country.  This will help them develop a plan for taking the possible World Heritage Site forward in a way that takes local views on board and provides interesting opportunities for businesses and communities around the north.

Working Group members and the Project Co-Ordinator, Joe Perry, will be on hand at the drop in sessions to speak to folk and note their comments. Feedback forms will also be available which can be completed there and then or taken home to complete and send in at a later date.

For more information please contact Joe Perry, Project Coordinator, Flow Country World Heritage Site Working Group – or 07775411270.