Rural Issues this week 28/02/

Dear Member,

This week it has been reported to us by our partners in the Forestry Commission that the appearance of Trail Bikes within forest areas, particularly in Corlarach behind Dunoon, are causing damage to public trails.

In forests, with reduced visibility, Trail Bikes can be extremely dangerous given the speed they can travel at. With increased use of our forests by the public, this presents the opportunity for a serious accident. Our Wildlife is also very much at risk through injury or even just by disturbance.

Use of these Bikes in the forest is illegal, unless the forest is privately owned and consents are in place.

Forestry Commission Scotland, Tillhill Forestry and Scottish Woodlands Ltd have been spoken to today and all confirm that such activity is fully denied on their land.

As such, even with road worthy Trial Bikes, insurance would be considered void.

Please report any such "live" incidents involving Trail Bikes to 101 or information via Rural Watch.

Information is also sought in relation to an incident at the former Torlochan travellers site, Sandbank, Dunoon. On Monday 25th February a blue Ford Transit with two white stripes on the bonnet was seen at the location with two adults and child at the entrance, attempting to enter the secured site. A male had a High Vis polo shirt and the other, unknown if male or female - was wearing a blue bomber jacket and appeared to have an orange hat / hood.

Any information to Police on 101 quoting crime reference number PSPLB01790219 - officer in charge is PC Currie. 

Thank You

PS Donald MacKay
Rural Watch Co-Ordinator
Argyll & West Dunbartonshire

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