News - 2021
Bennachie A No Go Area Over The Christmas Break The conservation charity the Bailies of Bennachie is warning the public that there is no access to the paths on the popular North East landmark Bennachie over the Christmas holidays
Statement from the Bailies Trustee's - Storm Arwen Damage Storm Arwen has caused unprecedented damage across the whole of North-East Scotland.
All Carparks on Bennachie are Closed for Public Safety After Storm Arwen Paths and tracks are blocked by fallen and dangerous hanging trees. Forestry and Land Scotland is urging members of the public to stay away from its forests.
Elsewhere to Be A new book was launched recently at the Bennachie Visitor Centre, the stories in this book were inspired by the lives and experiences of landless families displaced by the effects of agricultural expansion who moved to Bennachie.
Carbon Footprint Trail at the Bennachie Visitor Centre What is the carbon footprint trail? The aim of the trail is to show how nature is helping us address climate change – what it can do and what it can’t do. How can you help? we have lots of Links to information that could help you reduce your Carbon footprint.
Remembering the Air Crashes on Bennachie September 3rd saw the anniversary of the first of two aircraft crashes on Bennachie. Pilot Officer Ellard Cummings of Canada and gunner Leading Aircraftman Alexander Ronald Stewart lost their lives in the crash near Bruntwood Tap just 4 hours after the declaration of war and are acknowledged as the first allied military casualties of World War 2.
Bailies Dig Into History on Pittodrie Estate Finds from the 10th Century and perhaps even from Neolithic times have been found during an archeological dig on the Pittodrie House Hotel estate on the lower slopes of Bennachie.
Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator Appointed for Bennachie The conservation charity, the Bailies of Bennachie, supported by NatureScot Better Places Green Recovery Fund, have appointed Estée Farrar as Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator. Dave Peter said: "Estée comes with a wealth of experience and we are delighted to appoint her in this role.
Bailies of Bennachie 2022 Calendar The Bailies of Bennachie 2022 Calendar is now on sale via our online shop.
TWO Free Guided Walks to Archaeological Dig Sites on Pittodrie Estate Bennachie The Bailies of Bennachie are leading two free guided walks to look at several dig sites close to Bennachie Bede House, which is on Pittodrie estate owned by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.
All About Moths - New Fun and Learning Material for Summer Can you tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth? What kind of moths can you find on Bennachie? Why are moths struggling to survive and what can we do to help? The answer to all these questions and more are found in a new summer section our web site.
July Work Party Bailies Work Party volunteers were back out on the hill this weekend.
Climate Change Trail Appearing in July 2021 are installations near the Bennachie Visitor Centre as we are involved with the CLIMATE CHANGE TRAIL - this is still work in progress; some of the signs are temporary as we work out the best way to explore ideas - we hope to complete by mid/end of July 2021.
Bailies of Bennachie AGM 2021 Our 2021 AGM was again held Online due to current Coronavirus restrictions.
Summer Dig on Bennachie The Bailies of Bennachie will be conducting an exciting archaeological dig this summer on the north-eastern slope of this iconic hill. This forms part of the ongoing ‘Bennachie Landscapes Project’, carried out in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen and now in its tenth year.
Bailies Hold “Summer Clean Up" Day on Bennachie The Bailies of Bennachie are to hold an action day on Saturday 5 June 2021 to raise awareness of the problems of rubbish being left on the hillside. They have liaised with Keep Scotland Beautiful and are holding the clean up day on Saturday 5 June (World Environment Day) during “Great British Spring Clean Month” taking place this year 28 May - 20 June 2021.
Let’s Make Bennachie Litter Free - Poster Competition! Design a colourful poster to help us get the message over - all posters will be displayed on a trail near the Bennachie Centre or Rowantree car park during the Big Bennachie Summer Clean in June 2021.
Visitor and Volunteer Coordinator Required The Bailies of Bennachie have applied to NatureScot for a grant to fund a self-employed Visitor and Volunteer coordinator. The purpose of this job is to co-ordinate volunteers working to improve the visitor experience on Bennachie and to assist visitors to the hill mainly at weekends.
New Waste and Dog Poo Bins Things have been taking shape nicely in relation to our anti-litter efforts #keepbennachiebeautiful recently.
Bailies of Bennachie Online AGM 2021 The Bailies of Bennachie, have as in 2020 decided to hold their AGM online because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The online AGM will take place on Monday 14th June 2021
Voting Opens for the Bailies 2022 Calendar Photos 25 stunning photos of views taken on or of the hill range are available to view at the Bailies web site, or on our FaceBook page The photographs were shortlisted from entries submitted over the last few months. Please vote for your favourite.
1st April - Jock O Bennachie Café Given the Green Light! Last night, Aberdeenshire Councillors voted unanimously in favour of a new outdoor café near the summit of Mither Tap. This new facility will be a social enterprise hub, run by The Bailies of Bennachie and local volunteers. It will be built using granite sourced from the once bustling quarry at little Oxen Craig. The Bailies of Bennachie have been planning this café for several years and see it as a great opportunity for outdoor visitors to maximise their enjoyment of the hill and the views from the summit terraces before making their way home.
New Anti Litter Campaign Launched for Bennachie The conservation charity, the Bailies of Bennachie, is revitalizing its efforts with a new campaign to combat rubbish being left on the hillside. It is being spearheaded by Bailies Trustee, Alex Doig.
All About Spring With Jock The days are longer, snowdrops and daffodils are appearing, birds are singing and building nests, and baby animals are emerging into the world - Spring is here! Marking the change in season Bennachie’s friendly giant Jock o' Bennachie has a new set of fun and learning online resources to guide primary school children and their families through the changes that spring brings.
Bailies Wildlife Group Urged to Help Swifts, Swallows and House Martins “To know a swift is to love a swift” was Cally Smith’s introduction to her talk on these birds that breed in North East Scotland in the summer. She was speaking to a zoom meeting of the Bailies of Bennachie wildlife group and after her fascinating guide to swifts most of them would agree with her.
Bailies Launch Photograph Competition For 2022 Calendar The Bailies of Bennachie are asking for submissions to a photo competition to choose outstanding images for their 2022 fundraising calendar. The photos will be shortlisted with 30 going forward to a public vote on Facebook and the Bailies website.
Who’s Been Here? Test Your Tracking Skills With The Bailies The recent snowy weather has given an opportunity to see tracks made by wildlife; but can you tell if a fox or a badger has been by? Test out your skills online in a quiz produced by the Bailies of Bennachie. There are pictures of tracks and multiple choice answers and explanations put together by the Bailies’s mammal expert Lizzie Bacon.
Bailies of Bennachie Awarded 'Better Places' Grant The Bailies of Bennachie are delighted to have been awarded a Better Places Grant from NatureScot. The grant will fund the first stage of examining the pressure of visitors on the hill so that recreation at Bennachie can be managed more sustainably. The Bailies will look at how visitors currently use the hill and work with users and landowners to find the better ways for this to be managed in the future.
Bailies Remember Anniversary of Fatal Crash of Gloster Meteor on Bennachie February 12th marks the anniversary of the second of two aircraft crashes on the slopes of Bennachie. On February 12th 1952 a Gloster Meteor single-seat turbo-jet fighter crashed west of Oxen Craig. The pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, 22 year old Pilot Officer John Brian was killed instantly. On the anniversary the Bailies have been remembering his life.
Wildlife Group Look for Ideas for “Super Nature” on Bennachie The Bailies of Bennachie wildlife group is looking for ideas on how to make 2021 a ‘super year for nature’. The group which has wildlife trail cameras on the hillside and undertakes several projects monitoring animal, bird and plant life throughout the year would like to have a new scheme for the new year.
Bailies of Bennachie Awarded Grant for “Jock” Stories The Bailies of Bennachie are delighted to have been awarded a grant for online storytelling as part of ‘Jock O Bennachie’ fun and learning resources. The Doric Board gave the grant to the project for its ability to inspire the next generation of Doric speakers.