News - 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.