A new Agreement between the Scottish Orienteering Association and the Capercaillie Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group on the use of forests for orienteering competitions and training where capercaillie are present is now available.
Clubs are reminded that as part of the current permissions process with the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) they must submit a copy of an Ordnance Survey map showing the extent of the area to be used plus any other relevant information. A new agreement should be in place soon, but clubs are reminded that they must get applications in as soon as possible.
Access to Forestry Commission Scotland land: an update. Notes of meeting with FCS in Edinburgh on 16 August 2012, also attended by representatives of sportScotland and the Scottish Sports Association Outdoor Pursuits Group.
A new publication entitled “Outdoor events in Scotland: guidance for organisers and land managers” is now available. It gives valuable information relating to access and should be read by all organisers of orienteering events in Scotland.
A list of useful links to access related issues (reviewed January 2012).
Environmental impact assessments are occasionally carried out on particularly sensitive areas that have been used for orienteering. This page contains links to them.
SOA and the Woodland Trust have agreed to promote each others’ activities because of our common interest in using, enjoying and protecting Scottish woodlands. The Woodland Trust cares for and manages 80 woods in Scotland covering 8,500 hectares, stretching from Stranraer in the South up to Sutherland in the North, many of which we have been used for an event and/or have a permanent orienteering course.
Requests for permission for access for an orienteering event should be made as early as possible. Try and give at least 6 months prior to the proposed date of the event, especially if this is the first time the area is being used for orienteering. (Reviewed January 2012)