20th March 2020

Covid-19 – SAIS general advice regarding mountain activities.
In its daily blogs SAIS forecasters illustrate the mountain landscape with the objective of providing information regarding snow cover and mountain hazards. This information is intended to enable enjoyment of the winter mountains with knowledge and safety and aid decision making and route choice for those planning to visit Scotland’s hills and mountains.
During the current situation with Covid-19 we would encourage all those going outdoors to be mindful of unintended consequences of their actions and the potential impact on medical and rescue personnel. Consider your objectives carefully in relation to current conditions and BE SAFE!
For further information regarding Covid-19 please follow the information provided by Mountaineering Scotland  the British Mountaineering Council  and the  UK Government in respect of understanding your health and potential impact on others.
With grateful thanks the SAIS team.
Today was dry, calm (!) and sunny (!). With this weather I ventured to Coire Coille-rais and the Creag Mhor ridge.

Waterfall on Allt Coire Choille-rais.

Coire Coille-rais, with Meall Coire Choille-rais on the left.

With spring having ‘sprung’ (well at least lots of birds think so) colours are appearing in the mountains. Sphagnum capillifolium was adding splashes of colour to the otherwise rather dull-coloured moorland.

Blood-spot Lichen (Ophioparma ventosa) is looking splendid as the snow recedes at mid-levels. It used to have a scientific name of Haematomma ventosum which has an obvious blood connection.

I saw quite a few spiders wandering across snow patches up to around 800m, and this caterpillar crossing a c.20m x 50m patch at 700m.


Comments on this post

  • Keith Grant
    20th March 2020 6:25 pm

    Lovely photos, thanks.

  • John & Tina
    21st March 2020 10:15 pm

    Great photos for our nightly armchair read. Saw our first bee today. Must be spring! Massive thanks to all you SAIS guys & gals. Can’t say more.

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