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IS the scorrie's traditional diet of town titbits and leftover takeaways set to change? Thumbnail for article : IS the scorrie's traditional diet of town titbits and leftover takeaways set to change?
That's the question posed after this gull was snapped on a rock below Wick town bridge, by Noel Donaldson on Saturday.   He thought it was odd to find a scorrie sitting in the middle of the river and trained his camera on it.  
Killer Whales Around The Caithness Coast Thumbnail for article : Killer Whales Around The Caithness Coast
The Caithness coast has been a great place to watch killer whales in the past couple of weeks.   Karen Munro has kindly allowed us to publish some of her photos.  
Trip To Hoy - Sunday 31st May - Book NowThumbnail for article : Trip To Hoy - Sunday 31st May - Book Now
A rare chance to go on a voyage to the island of Hoy directly from the mainland.   Book with the Rangers.  
Halkirk Gala WeekThumbnail for article : Halkirk Gala Week
Not long now until Halkirk Gala Week.   7th - 13th June 2015 .  
Castletown Heritage Society Goes Back to the Bronze Age
Castletown Heritage Society (CHS) will launch their new community archaeology project THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 2015, 7.30PM, CASTLEHILL HERITAGE CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD, CASTLETOWN, CAITHNESS KW14 8TG.   The launch event will see archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group introducing the background to the project and giving an overview of what we currently know about Bronze Age Caithness, as well as outlining all of the opportunities for participation throughout the summer.  
Children's' safety is paramount in ‘Stranger Smart’ project Thumbnail for article : Children's' safety is paramount in ‘Stranger Smart’ project
Young people and children in the Highlands can learn how to stay safe going to and from school thanks to a new project "Stranger Smart" launched today (20 May 2015) by Police Scotland and The Highland Council in Inverness.   The overarching aim of the new initiative which was revealed at the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee is to ensure that children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and Police are all working together to ensure that children know how to stay safe if approached by strangers.  
WHILE mums, dads and kids now routinely choose social networks to speak to even their closest family members, new national research reveals it is the families who play together who are happiest.   In 2015 the rise of the Facebook Family means family gossip, appointments and even what's for dinner is as likely to be revealed on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks as it is in person, according to a study by Chill Factore - Britain's longest indoor real snow slope.  
Caithness Landward Councillor Matthew Reiss Wants Higher Fees For Wind Farms
Landward councillor Matthew Reiss had the backing of his fellow independent councillors when he put forward a motion to the full Highland council on Thursday 14th May 2015.   The planning applications fees in some English council areas are up to ten times higher.  
Calling Schools and Community Groups To Look At Room 13
Recently Wick councilor Bill Fernie had the opportunity to hear about Room 13 an organisation offering to help groups do arts and learning in a slightly different way taking a more business like approach.   So here some information and web site to look at.  
Hidden Bronze Landscape of Caithness - Launch EventThumbnail for article : Hidden Bronze Landscape of Caithness - Launch Event
"A Window on the Bronze Age Landscape of Caithness" Thursday 4th June 2015 Castlehill Heritage Centre Check out all the events in this exciting programme over the summer of 2015.  see - See also the Castlehill Heritage Centre web site - see -  
Wick To Stornoway Aircraft Incident
A report was received on Sunday 17th May 2015 by Stornoway Police of a Twin Engine Cessna with 2 persons on board travelling from Wick to Iceland having difficulty with one engine.   Members of Police Scotland, Scottish Fire North from Stornoway and Shawbost, Stornoway Coastguard, and Scottish Ambulance and RNLI all attended at Stornoway airport to assist members of the HIAL Fire and Rescue team.  
Protecting cliff-nesting raptors in ScotlandThumbnail for article : Protecting cliff-nesting raptors in Scotland
Climbers and conservationists are working together to safeguard some of Scotland's birds of prey from accidental disturbance.   Cliff nesting raptors - such as golden eagles and peregrines - are very vulnerable to disturbance, especially when starting nesting activity.  
Let's Go For A WalkThumbnail for article : Let's Go For A Walk
Walking has so many benefits, let's go for a walk and discover the ways our lives can improve! Only a third of adults get as much moderate exercise, such as walking, as they should.   Get those extra steps in today.  
If You Go Down To Dunnet Woods TodayThumbnail for article : If You Go Down To Dunnet Woods Today
You might be in for a big surprise as The Dunnet Forest Bear has come out of hibernation.   Over the last few years Dunnet forestry Trust has been transforming the forest making it more interesting and renewing planting to make it more interesting and increase the biodiversity.  
Walk to Work Week
Employees of Highland Council took part in Walk to Work Week, promoting their physical and mental health.   Employees all over Highland were encouraged to take part in Walk to Work Week (11th - 15th May), a part of National Walking Month, as a means of getting healthier, reducing stress, and helping the planet.  
Scots asked to report rare hen harrier sightingThumbnail for article : Scots asked to report rare hen harrier sighting
Scots are being urged to report any sightings of one of Britain's rarest and most threatened birds of prey, the hen harrier.   Hen harriers are large birds of prey found mainly in moorland areas throughout Scotland.  
Disturbance at Barons Well, Wick - Police Call for Information
Police Scotland are seeking information on a disturbance which took place in the cul-de-sac area of Barons Well, Wick on Saturday 9th May 2015, about 1900 hours involving several male persons.   If anyone has any information about the incident they are encouraged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at  
Hidden Landscapes: LiDAR survey of a multi-period landscape in CaithnessThumbnail for article : Hidden Landscapes: LiDAR survey of a multi-period landscape in Caithness
Hidden Landscapes: LiDAR survey of a multi-period landscape in Caithness (by Charlotte Douglas, Graeme Cavers & Andy Heald).   From the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2014 Caithness is well known for its spectacular archaeology but aerial laser scanning surveys carried out in the county have revealed glimpses of the hidden archaeological landscapes that are less easily appreciated.  
Wick community Council AGM 8th June 2015
Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council is holding their AGM on the 8th June in the Caithness Voluntary Group offices at 7pm please - all locals welcome to come along and if they are keen to help and work for the good of the town, then they may like to join our Community Council.   The Wick Community council meets on the first Monday evening of each month..  
Caithness Model Boat Show 2015Thumbnail for article : Caithness Model Boat Show 2015
The annual Caithness Model Boat Show for 2015 was once again held at the British Legion club in Thurso on 9th May 2015.   The winners were as follows - John Webster followed by Ted MIller, Billy Macintosh,and Robert Mowat.