Rangers encourage winter walking

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A group of Highland rangers is encouraging more people to walk outdoors this winter.
Skye, Lochalsh and Ross and Cromarty Countryside Rangers believe the winter is a great time to be out and about.
A group spokesman said: ‘Think it is out of season for ranger walks? Think again. There are many exciting events coming up.’
On Friday January 27 there will be an organised walk on the Blackrock Gorge including a ‘winter tree ID’ where ramblers can learn the mysteries of the gorge and how to identify tree species. Another option is the ‘winter leg stretcher’ around Ormond Castle. Booking is required for this event during which walkers will seek out signs of wildlife still trying to survive in the colder months. There are also free drop-in sessions for bird enthusiasts taking place throughout the winter. Attendees will be able to learn more about winter visitors, how to identify individual bird species and why the area offers an important habitat for them. To book or for more information contact Marcia Rae on 07788 387634.