Public Perception Survey of Wildness in Scotland

Published: 31st July 2012

Report for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage (July 2012)

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA), working in partnership with the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) commissioned a survey to further develop their 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’. The study focussed on the following four attribute categories:-

  • the naturalness of the land cover and wildlife; „
  • the presence of man-made structures and features;
  • remoteness from roads and railway stations; and
  • the terrain

 Key findings of relevance to the Trust were that:-

  • 72% of the main sample, 83% of the residents sample and 93% of the organisation members considered that it was ‘Very Important’ that Scotland had wild areas
  • 60% of the main sample, 55% of residents sample and 92% of the organisation members stated that they felt wild areas were under threat in Scotland
  • 77% of the main sample, 82% of the residents sample and 93% of organisation members stated that it was ‘Very Important’ to protect wild areas in Scotland

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