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Get wild across Scotland

SNH’s new map of all the wild land in Scotland - 42 areas,19.5% of the land - identifies the most extensive areas of the highest wildness in Scotland that are considered nationally important. These areas have now been incorporated in the reviewed Scottish Planning Policy and the new National Planning Framework, which states ‘We also want to continue our strong protection for our wildest landscapes - wild land is a nationally important asset.’  (par 4.4).

Ian Jardine, SNH chief executive, said that the planning documents, “Do much more than recognise the importance of the wild land resource. They also recognise the extensive role of nature and landscape in the wider sense, and people's enjoyment of it, in achieving sustainable economic growth.” 

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust was also supportive of the new planning framework, commenting: “This recognition of Scotland’s wild land as a nationally important asset that needs to be safeguarded marks a historic breakthrough . . . Although this falls short of our request for the absolute protection of wild land from large scale developments, we applaud the Scottish Government for taking this bold step in the face of a sustained campaign to undermine wild land protection by powerful vested interests’’.

Helen Todd, Campaigns & Policy Manager for Ramblers Scotland remarked:  “We're pleased to see the confirmation that no wind farms will be built within National Parks or National Scenic Areas.”  But she warned that the recent approval of the Stronelairg 67-turbine windfarm in the Monadhliath mountains, right in the heart of one of these core areas of wild land, suggests that the new wild land policy ‘may not necessarily bring the proper protections we're looking for.’  

The map of Scotland's wild land areas is available on the SNH website.

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