Public support for wild landPublished: 23rd June 2015
Find out about the strong public support for better protection for wild land.
YouGov poll finds 80 per cent want to keep Wild Land Areas free of major development
In June 2017 this poll found that an absolute majority – 52 per cent – ‘strongly agree’ that “Wild Land Areas should continue to be protected from large-scale infrastructure such as industrial-scale wind farms, major electricity transmission and super-quarries”, while a further 28 per cent ‘tend to agree’.
In May 2014 we commissioned a Survation opinion poll to gauge the level of support in the Highlands and Islands for Scottish Government proposals for strengthened protection for wild land. The poll, of over 500 people in eight constituencies across the Highland and Islands, asked people their attitude to the proposal that:-
"The Scottish Parliament is currently discussing a proposal that Scotland’s wild land – land that is rugged and remote with a lack of visible built structures – should be given special protection from development such as large scale wind farms. To what extent do you support or oppose these proposals?” The full results are attached below. Read our press release from May 2014
Scottish Natural Heritage public consultation
In February 2014 government agency Scottish Natural Heritage carried out a public consultation as part of the development of the Wild Land Areas map. This showed that 4 to 1 supported stronger wild land protection. Read our press release
You can also see in the downloads below the detailed "Public Perception Survey of Wildness in Scotland." This was a report for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage (July 2012). It comprised the results of a survey to further develop understanding of the public perception of wildness in Scotland and to support future wildness mapping by providing a set of weights which can be used to combine the various attributes associated with the Scottish public’s perception of ‘wildness’.
We carried out surveys with YouGov in June 2013 and November 2012. The former found that 51% of Scots would be reluctant to visit scenic areas with turbines, pylons and quarries. The November poll showed that the public favour the protection of scenic wild land over the building of commercial wind farms.
Full results available via the downloads below.