Geocaching on Mull is no different in principle from geocaching anywhere in Britain. There are few rules, but, as with any activity, there are some guidelines that might be regarded as a Code of Best Practice.
What it is important to recognise is that land ownership in Mull is spread across many estates, some of whom find it necessary to restrict access at certain times of the year to permit culling of deer, for example. In addition, there is always the need to ensure your own safety at all times.
Here are some suggestions:
- Always let someone know where you are going.
- Carry a mobile phone, in case you get into difficulties.
- It’s a good idea to enter your car’s location into your GPS as a waypoint, so that you will know how to get back to it. It’s easy to become disorientated, especially in the forests.
- Carry spare batteries, or a solar battery charger.
- Dress appropriately for the weather conditions remembering that conditions can change very quickly in remote areas.
Being a geocacher on the hunt…
- Having downloaded the coordinates to your GPS and followed them to the approximate location have a look around for the cache but watch out for muggles (non-geocachers). If the coast is clear have a good look for it.
- Once found sign the logbook with your geocaches nickname, date it and leave a comment. If you are the first to find leave a time and FTF.
- If you take an item from the cache replace it with something of equal or higher value unless it is a cache which an item designed to travel.
- Replace the cache as you found it but if it has been damaged try and rectify.
- Leave it as if you have never been there.
- Once home log your find on the geocaches website
No cache should be placed in such a way as to risk damage or disturbance to any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Scheduled Monument or other protected area. Make sure you help to protect our natural and cultural heritage at all times. If you are unsure about the designation of your cache site please contact us, we will be happy to advise.
- Minimize impact on the environment by following “Leave No Trace” ethics: “Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints”.
- Follow “Cache In and Trash Out” ethics: Leave the area as you found it or better (e.g. pick up litter along the way).
- When seeking a cache, practice “Lift, Look, Replace” – put all coverings, such as stones or logs, back where you found them.
- Be considerate of others – treat other geocachers civilly – in the field or wherever your paths may cross.
- Don’t spoil the hunt for others – allow them to experience the cache as it was intended.
- Endeavour to avoid leaving tracks to the cache.