A forest school is planned in the Broadford Community Woodland.

The planned forest school is in response to the wishes of Broadford Primary School pupils, who in 2012 stated they would like to use the woodland to build dens, watch animals, put up bird houses, collect pine cones and much more.

The Directors of Broadford and Strath Community Company are now pleased to announce an award of £32,500 from the Aspiring Communities Fund to explore the options for delivery and submit a funding application to develop a Forest School in the woodland.

Shirley Grant has been appointed as project officer to take the project forward, prepare the business plan and submit the funding application which, if successful, will allow a pilot Forest School to be established.

The first taste of winter has arrived on Skye.

Traffic Scotland tweeted earlier today (Thursday 23 November) that there were reports of a HGV stuck in snow on the Portree to Uig road.

The Met office has issued a yellow warning for snow for the Highlands and Western Isles.  

Above image from Mikey Mahon, who went off the road earlier today in Waternish.  

Discovery of an unusual fossil on the Isle of Skye could significantly advance scientists’ understanding of prehistoric times in the region.

The fossil, from the jawbone of a small crocodile-like creature, was found near Duntulm Castle on the north coast of the island. It is thought to be approximately 170 million years old.

Scientists examined the structure of the jawbone using high-resolution X-rays. From studying this fossil and others previously found on Skye, they suggest that crocodile-like animals from a family of close crocodile relatives, known as neosuchians, were becoming more diverse on the island’s shores at this time.

Scientists cannot assign the fossil to a specific species owing to its incompleteness and size. However, they say that the discovery of further fossils from Skye may be key to classifying this species.

A Scottish Parliament investigation into the redesign of healthcare services by NHS Highland in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross will continue after evidence from Kate Forbes MSP.

Earlier yesterday (22 November) the cross-party Public Petitions Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary on Healthcare to ask questions on the timescale and the terms of reference of the independent, external view that was announced by NHS Highland last month.

On 27 October, NHS Highland confirmed that the Scottish Government had approved a request for an external view to look at the arrangements for North Skye in terms of urgent care, minor injury and access to A&E services after a round of meetings with local elected members and community council representatives. NHS Highland stated at the time that this review was not about the wider service redesign for Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

The creation of two teachers from Skye earned the award for Innovation in Education at the prestigious Gaelic Awards 

The online Gaelic Education resource site for Primary School Teachers “Lasadh” is the creation of two Highland Council Gaelic Medium Primary School Teachers, Mairi MacDonald and Gwen Culbertson who teach at Bun-sgoil Shlèite on the Isle of Skye.

The Scottish Gaelic Awards which were held in Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on 15 November are part of a drive to celebrate all aspects of Scottish culture and were sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig. 

Councillor Alister Mackinnon, Chair of The Highland Council’s Corporate Resources Committee and Chair of the Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group congratulated Mairi and Gwen, he said: “This award for Innovation in Education for Lasadh is a fantastic achievement by Mairi and Gwen who have worked tirelessly over a number of years to develop the web resource for Primary School Teachers. Their dedication to furthering Gaelic Medium Education strongly reflects and supports Highland Council’s Programme commitment to the Gaelic language and I commend them on their creativity and perseverance.”

A new group could be started with the purpose of building a new cycle round from Broadford to Kyle.

 

Broadford and Strath Community Company are looking into the possibility of a new, purpose-built cycle route.  Part of the plan involves submitting an application to the European Regional Development fund, administered by the Energy Saving Trust.

The Community Company say they will need people to help with finding the best route, negotiating with landowners, sourcing legal advice, costing the construction and finding matched funding.

A meeting will be held and everyone is welcome to attend it at Broadford Village Hall on Thursday 23 November from 4pm to 6pm.

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Local birth services have been temporarily suspended at Broadford hospital, due to a shortage of available midwives.

NHS Highland has also suspended the Out of Hours (OOHs) midwifery service for Skye and Lochalsh from Tuesday 21 November.

They state that the changes are due to a temporary but significant shortage of available midwives and expect the services changes to stay in place for a minimum of a month.

NHS Highland wishes to stress that midwifery services will continue during normal working hours from 09:00 – 17:00 hrs, seven days per week (including Saturday and Sundays).

Sarah McLeod, lead midwife for Skye & Lochalsh, said: “At the present time, we must ensure that we continue to provide the normal daily midwifery service for women and babies on a scheduled basis.”

“Due to unexpected staff absence and vacancies, there are insufficient midwives to cover a local birth and OOHs service safely. We are endeavouring to find support via the staff bank; however, this means we will be unable to maintain a full 24/7 service for the time being.”

The search continues for a missing fisherman.

Alasdair Macleod, 57, from the Applecross area was reported missing on the afternoon of Monday, November 20 after his boat "Varuna" was seen on rocks north of Applecross Bay.

The boat was found to be empty and a search was launched in the area.

Search activity has continued today with Police Scotland working with the RNLI, volunteer vessels, Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter and a large-scale ground search involving coastguard and police search teams, including the dog unit.

A Skye band have created an especially commissioned score to accompany Edinburgh's Hogmanay fireworks.

Electronica band, Niteworks, were commissioned to create a nine-minute sequence to be matched to pyrotechnics.

Niteworks will be performing live at the event and will be working with award-winning film composer and sound designer, Dan Jones, and pyrotechnicians, Titanium.

The band, formed by a group of high school friends on Skye in 2008, has won the commission ahead of an appearance at the Hydro in Glasgow in January with the Skye-born stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill as part of the Celtic Connections festival.

A new fundraising challenge will see local runner, Alistair Macpherson, run from the Isle of Barra to Skye.

The challenge, which will take place in May, involves Ally covering ten islands in the space of just two days.

To date, Ally has raised £50,000 for cancer charities.  

His Facebook page, and more details, can be found here.