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Next Social Evening

Our next social evening is on Thursday 31st March 2016 in the Speyside High School / Community Center at 7.30pm

Trekking in the Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circiut, Nepal

Join us for an informative talk by Ella Grant who visited the area in November 2015

John Davidson (Botany John) Ben Rinnes Slides 1906

John Davidson

John Davidson (1878–1970), also known as “Botany John,” was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on August 6, 1878.
He was forced to move to a more agreeable climate due to health issues after catching pneumonia, so moved to Vancouver on January 14, 1911, became The Canadian botanist, educator and conservationist who touched many lives through his teachings and public lectures.
His accomplishments include the creation of the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, the University of British Columbia Herbarium and the Vancouver Natural History Society.
Below are some slides taken on a trip up Ben Rinnes in 1906 (click to open a larger image)

Images © University of British Columbia Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research and City of Vancouver Archives

ben rinnes   Scottish Wildcat   Botany John

ben rinnes   Scottish Wildcat   Botany John

Botany John

Help needed to create Mammal Atlas for North-East of Scotland

posted 27th September 2013


Click the image to download the recording form

The North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC) plans to create a Mammal Atlas for Aberdeen City and Shire, Moray and the Cairngorms National Park in 2015. As walkers who are out and about in the North East we need your help recording and reporting sightings of mammals.

Even if you have never looked at mammals before, it is easy to get started and get involved in recording wildlife.
A biological record consists of four basic pieces of information: What, where, when and who. For the Mammal Atlas, this means what species, where it was sighted (including a grid reference if possible), the date it was spotted and by whom.

The most common species are often overlooked and signs of mammals such as mole hills are equally important so start recording everything you see.
When the Mammal Atlas is completed, it will include distribution maps for individual species, together with species accounts written by local experts. Over 40 species of mammal are present in North East Scotland and they are an important part of our fauna.

You can email your mammal records to or download an electronic form from (or by clicking the image above) where you will also find out lots of information about the Mammal Atlas.

New Blood Wanted

If you would like to join the committee of the Friends please contact the Chair, Ella Grant, for further details
you can either send an email to :-

Donations Box

The Friends role is now more of a fundraising role than a hands-on role, as we have done what we set out to do in terms of dealing with the scarring of the Ben by installing the path.
As a result we have decided to put a donations box at the start of the walk to the summit.
We hope that once you have enjoyed your walk you may feel that you would like to give a small donation to help us with our on-going maintanence of the path and the revegetation of the damaged areas.
All donations will be gratefully received and can be made as Gift Aid donations.
You can find a Gift Aid declaration form HERE

To find out more about Gift Aid click HERE

Thank you for your support

Posts go in  Posts all aligned  Stretching the wires
trimming the posts  All aligned
The pictures above are of Alan, Ged and Bob replacing the fence at the car park that was pushed over by snow clearing operations.
The fence posts were supplied by the Estate and the fencing wire was re-used.
There will be more of these pics in the galleries in due course.
Click to view a larger image


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