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The Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) in Caithness in 2010 (by Bob Dawson)
This article was first published in the Caithness Field club Bulletin 2011 (Bob Dawson is the Scottish Conservation Officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – Ed) Summary This was a very successful year, although the season was about two weeks later than last year.   Many more people reported seeing, and are now more familiar with, the Great Yellow Bumblebee.  
Highlights of Botany in 2010 (by Ken Butler)
This article was first publishedin the Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2011 In May I was looking for the Celery-leaved Buttercup along the banks of the Wick River.  It has been recorded from the tidal stretch between the supermarket car park and the Fairies Hillock.  
Bird Report for 2010 (by Donald Omand)
This article was first published in the Caithness Field Club bulletin 2011 The Little Bunting that was seen at the end of 2009 stayed at Ham throughout the winter, eventually leaving in early April after 110 days, which may well be a record for Britain.  Another unusual winter visitor for Caithness was Great-Crested Grebe, with birds seen in January on Loch Watten (2), and a single bird in Thurso.  
Caithness Broch CentreThumbnail for article : Caithness Broch Centre
Pride in past place.   Brochs have been part of the Caithness landscape since these dry stone towers were built uniquely in Scotland 2,000 years ago.  
Filling the energy gap - Ormlie Community AssociationThumbnail for article : Filling the energy gap - Ormlie Community Association
Fill the Gap Ormlie Community Association Ltd sought to tackle fuel poverty through its Caithness Energy Advice offshoot.  Following a successful pilot and the purchase of a thermal imaging camera, in 2008 the Association launched ‘Fill the Gap’ with support from LEADER.  
Mill Theatre Extension ProjectThumbnail for article : Mill Theatre Extension Project
Thurso Thespians The Thurso Players bring a rare experience of theatre to audiences along Scotland’s northern coast.  The company puts on a varied, year-round programme of performances and workshops for adults and children.  
The Dunbeath Fishings ProjectThumbnail for article : The Dunbeath Fishings Project
‘The largest crowd at the harbour since the heyday of the fishings’.   Around 1850 Dunbeath was one of Caithness’s top three fishing villages until lack of a proper harbour resulted in the ‘chase for herring’ moving elsewhere.  
Climb Swing SlideThumbnail for article : Climb Swing Slide
Boating Pond Play Area Designed in the 1960s, the Boating Pond Play Area in Thurso was more than showing its age.  The Thurso Town Improvements Committee identified a lack of familyfriendly, outdoor leisure facilities for local people and visitors.  
Warning On Rural Volunteering NumbersThumbnail for article : Warning On Rural Volunteering Numbers
Caution needed over demands on rural volunteers, warns Scotland’s Rural College Study SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) News Release Number: 13R81 Date: 02.06.13 Policymakers expecting volunteers to play a bigger role in delivering local services may need to re-think their strategy for rural areas, according to research led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).   In a study published during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), SRUC’s Rural Society Research Team and Stirling University found Scotland’s rural volunteers often undertake roles to fill gaps in service provision such as providing transport, acting a ‘first responders’ in medical emergencies and doing odd jobs.  
Wick High School's Amazing Results In Apps CompetitionThumbnail for article : Wick High School's Amazing Results In Apps Competition
News this week that an amazing 5 of 24 teams competing for the UK “Apps for Good” awards come from Wick High School.   Wick High School is the first in Scotland to enter the competition, which will take the teams to London for work experience (“hothouses”) with high-tech companies in Tech City in London before making “dragon’s den” pitches for their app ideas.  
Summer Drink/Drug Driving Initiative
Drivers in the Highlands and Islands are being urged not to spoil the party this summer by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.   Tomorrow sees the beginning of a four week campaign focusing on drink and drug driving across Scotland.  
New Al-Anon Group Set Up
A new group to help families has been set up.   Al-Anon will meet each Monday at 8.00pm in the conference room at Caithness General Hospital, Wick..  
Kinship Care Newsletter - Spring 2013 Newsletter
Welcome to the Spring edition of the National Kinship Care Service Newsletter.   Contents.  
Highland youth participation has voice in planning of public servicesThumbnail for article : Highland youth participation has voice in planning of public services
Members of the Highland Council’s Adult and Children Services Committee heard this week that young people’s participation is making a positive difference in the planning and provision of children’s services in The Highland Council, Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division, and NHS Highland.   Ainya Taylor, Highland Youth Convener, and Highland Youth Voice members, Sannies Macleod from Wick, Bee Nicolson from Inverness and Finlay Allmond from Nairn gave a presentation on how Youth Participation is helping service providers to improve services and how it also helps them, as young people, develop.  
A Short Video To Tell You About HomeStartThumbnail for article : A Short Video To Tell You About HomeStart
This short video teels you what Home Start Caithness does.   HomeStart Caithness has been around for a few years and should not be confused with HomeAid another Caithness group doing entirely different things in the community.  
SSAFA - Local Caithness Group To Help Armed Forces And FamiliesThumbnail for article : SSAFA - Local Caithness Group To Help Armed Forces And Families
Commitment deserves commitment are the latest watchwords from SSAFA a charity set up to help serving memebrs or ex memebrs of the armed forces in the UK.   Local Caithness organiser Sharon Johns from Murkle is looking for volunteers to help her provide support to local members or ex-members of the armed forces in Caithness.  
The Johnston Collection Digitisation ProjectThumbnail for article : The Johnston Collection Digitisation Project
Revealing the past The Johnston Collection is a unique photographic archive of life in and around Wick, once the capital of the herring industry in Europe.  Held in trust by the Wick Society, the collection consists of over 50,000 black and white images, taken by three generations of a local photographic firm from 1863-1975.  
‘Restoration rather than regular patching’Thumbnail for article : ‘Restoration rather than regular patching’
Brough Community Harbour Project For many years the slipway at Brough served as the landing point for supplies to Dunnet Head lighthouse.  Battered by winter storms, the slipway was increasingly at risk of collapsing.  
Celebration for rural community projects across the HighlandsThumbnail for article : Celebration for rural community projects across the Highlands
Rural community projects across the Highlands are celebrated in The Highland LEADER Programme’s ‘Revitalising Communities in the Highlands’ booklet launched at the full Highland Council on Europe Day earlier this month.   Over 90 of the 358 local projects funded by the LEADER Programme are bought to life with quotes and photographs in the booklet.  
Turning wind power into community profitThumbnail for article : Turning wind power into community profit
Turning to Wind Power Following its complete renewal in 2009 Mey Village Hall is a hub of activity from sports clubs and evening classes to markets and weddings.   With a ground source heat pump, the Mey Village Hall Trust was already ‘going green’.