The ProjectBla Bheinn (pronounced Blaven) is one of Britain’s most magnificent mountains. It guards the entrance to the Black Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye, rugged and elemental wild land ringed by coastal villages, sea lochs and native woodland. The breath-taking view from its summit and relatively simple access mean high footfall, which, combined with rainfall has led to serious erosion on sections of the path. This has damaged fragile soil and plants on the hillside and caused sedimentation of nearby streams, as well as creating a prominent scar visible for miles. This project will:
• Complete all required repairs to 3.8km of the Bla Bheinn path, protecting the surrounding habitats while preserving the wild land character of the fragile mountain area
• Run 2 conservation working parties per year on Skye with volunteers contributing to Bla Bheinn path repairs and gaining new skills
• Raise awareness of path work issues and how to minimise your impact with walkers and those interested in wild lands. The project will potentially engage with 10,000 visitors to the local area and thousands of JMT supporters/members using a film, online and in print materials.