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Community projects help north Scotland locals learn more about nature and landscapesThumbnail for article : Community projects help north Scotland locals learn more about nature and landscapes
Two community-based projects which have raised awareness and helped people get involved in nature and landscapes in Caithness and Sutherland have been praised.   In December 2009, two grants from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) were matched with money from The Highland Leader Programme to provide £80,000 for biodiversity projects in Caithness and Sutherland.  
Pine Marten Showing Signs Of Recovery Caithness to Central BeltThumbnail for article : Pine Marten Showing Signs Of Recovery Caithness to Central Belt
One of Scotland's rarest carnivores is showing encouraging signs of recovery, a new report has highlighted.   From Argyll to Aberdeenshire, and Caithness to the central belt, the pine marten is proving that rare mammals can recover their numbers, given the right conditions.  
Reay Golf Club Gets Digital Makeover Thumbnail for article : Reay Golf Club Gets Digital Makeover
Local project Get IT Together has been working with Reay Golf Club to help them become part of the digital world.  The Get IT Together project aims to support local groups and individuals get online and become digitally included.  
Funding Opportunity - Communities and Families Fund
Up to £10,000 available for groups working in your community...   If you need funding to help give families and children the best start in life then it’s easier than you think! What is it? The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland.  
New website promotes natural and historic attractions
A new website which aims to encourage more people to explore Scotland's stunning historic and natural attractions was launched recently by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.   Called Scotland's Protected Places, it was unveiled as part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations.  
New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly AboveThumbnail for article : New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly Above
We have just added some new photos taken from slightly above Sinclair Girnigoe Castle.   In 1643 George died, as he was predeceased by his son, Lord Berriedale and grandson, the Master of Berriedale, his title and debts passed to his great grandson also George 6th Earl of Caithness.  
Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To CaithnessThumbnail for article : Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To Caithness
Play talk and read bus is coming to four venues in Caithness.   So why not take the little ones along and enjoy whats on offer.  
Meet the Charity Regulator – Wick
Wednesday 1st May, 10.00am-12.15pm, Pulteney Centre Where you’ll have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in charity regulation, and in areas such as equality and fundraising.   OSCR staff and Board Members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the issues that are important to your charity.  
Record participation in higher education
Participation in higher education among young Scots has reached a record high according to figures released today by the Scottish Funding Council.   The report, which measures participation of initial entrants to higher education, also shows that Scottish participation remains higher than in England, and the participation of 16 to 19 year olds is also at a record high.  
Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats ChallengeThumbnail for article : Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge
Broadcaster and confirmed car nut Chris Evans today unveils plans for FAB1 Million, a year-long fundraising campaign with the aim of raising one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care using a bespoke pink Rolls-Royce Ghost a la Thunderbirds.   Host of The Radio 2 breakfast show and The One Show, Evans presses main engine start Thursday 18 April by leading a star-studded point-to-point drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats as FAB1 takes to the road for the first time.  
An update on the npower renewables’ Caithness Conversation
Foundation Scotland conducted the “Caithness Conversation” on behalf of RWE npower renewables during Feb - April.  The consultation period has now closed.  
Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of actionThumbnail for article : Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of action
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division take part in week of action on the roads in the area as part of a national enforcement campaign to deter and detect speeding and inappropriate drivers.   The campaign, which started today at 07:00 hours, is the first under Police Scotland as part of the commitment to making Scotland's road safer.  
Grow your own - Scottish Government ConsultationThumbnail for article : Grow your own - Scottish Government Consultation
Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules were announced today.   Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation to consider the shape of future allotment legislation.  
Helping People With Brain Injuries In Caithness
Headway Highland has a branch in Caithness that aims to help local people who have suffered a brain injury.   Headway Highland in Caithness March 2011 saw the opening of a local support group in the Caithness area as part of Headway Highland.  
Get Ready To Retune TV Equipment In Caithness on 24th AprilThumbnail for article : Get Ready To Retune TV Equipment In Caithness on 24th April
Freeview viewers in Caithness will need to retune their TV equipment on 24 April as local airwaves are cleared for the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband.   Technical changes at the Rumster Forest transmitter group, affecting around 22,000 homes, will free up frequencies for the future introduction of 4G mobile services.  
Does Your Orgnaisation Need A Makeover?Thumbnail for article : Does Your Orgnaisation Need A Makeover?
One of Scotland’s largest third sector funders is looking for up to 15 organisations with the vision and desire to become Better By Design.The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is offering the chance to receive free, intensive, expert and bespoke support to those that want to undergo a service redesign.   BIG is working with Taylor Haig and the Young Foundation, experts in innovation, change and service design, to find up to 15 high potential organisations that are ready for the challenge and can see the potential through design, thinking to put users at the centre of their services, improve outcomes and make their organisations more innovative.  
Deadline looms for second round of Community Challenge Fund bidsThumbnail for article : Deadline looms for second round of Community Challenge Fund bids
Community groups are reminded that the deadline for submitting an expression of interest into the second round of The Highland Council’s Community Challenge Fund is 1 May.   35 groups submitted expressions of interest following the first round of bids on 1 February and six were selected to progress bids for a share of the £1 million set aside by the Council for community projects exploring new ways of delivering services at a local level.  
Project aims to bring empty homes back into use across Highland
Three areas in the Highlands are to pilot an initiative by The Highland Council to bring empty properties back into affordable housing use.   The Council’s Housing and Property Service is to initially target the Black Isle, Inverness Central and Nairn, as pilots which together provide a mix of rural and urban locations.  
New Wick Council Offices - Work BeginsThumbnail for article : New Wick Council Offices - Work Begins
The rebuilding of Wick Council Offices has begun with safety fencing going up all round.   It wil be almost 18 months before staff move back to the new offices having left in January 2013 to relocate temporarily to Girnigoe street.  
Springtime Today At Thrumster HouseThumbnail for article : Springtime Today At Thrumster House
A treasure hunt for the children, tea coffee and cake in the sunshine made for a relaxing afternoon at Thrusmter House.   The Daffodils were in short supply as the cold weather of the past few weeks has held everything back.