Highlands & Islands

Beinn Eighe could lose Unesco Biosphere Status

Beinn Eighe. Pic: Roger McLachlan/Geograph
Image caption Beinn Eighe sits in Britain's oldest reserve

One of Scotland's mountains could lose a designation given by Unesco.

Wester Ross Alliance, a community development organisation, has concerns Beinn Eighe does not meet new criteria for Biosphere Status.

The designation gives areas greater international recognition among scientists and tourists.

The alliance has started working with the Centre for Mountain Studies UHI in Perth to investigate how the status could be secured.

Reaching a height of 1,010m (3,314ft), Beinn Eighe is one of Scotland's 283 Munros, mountains of more than 914.4m (3,000ft).

Beinn Eighe also sits in Britain's oldest reserve, having been created in 1951. The reserve is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

As many as 50,000 hillwalkers visit the area every year, according to the heritage agency.

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