Biodiversity Book inspires Wild Park Warriors

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority has launched its new biodiversity strategy by turning a 150-page action plan into an eas

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority has launched its new biodiversity strategy by turning a 150-page action plan into an easy-to-read book. Tales from our Wild Park is a collection of inspiring stories about the iconic wildlife and habitats found in the park.

The book showcases five flagship nature conservation projects: red squirrels, invasive non-native plants, mountain bogs, black grouse and woodland habitats. The importance of each of these ‘Wild Challenges’ is explained, and there are signposts to what people can do to get involved, including doing a John Muir Award.

“We want to inspire people to help us and all of our partners to look after the extraordinary natural beauty that lies within our National Park” says Fiona Logan, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority CEO in the booklets introduction.

Tales from our wild park red squirrelRecycle your rubbish, take your litter home, volunteer, report a wildlife sighting, use peat-free compost, do a John Muir Award, and think like a Wild Park Warrior! These are all actions that the Park Authority are encouraging to help conserve the park for future generations to enjoy.

Since 2013, the National Park Authority has been working in partnership with the John Muir Trust. Subsequently, the park has seen a two-fold increase in the number of people enjoying the park’s special qualities and caring for its unique habitats by achieving their John Muir Award.

Liz Auty, Biodiversity Officer for the John Muir Trust, said: "The John Muir Trust welcomes the call from the National Park Authority for people to get involved in nature conservation. This new book encourages people to experience and appreciate wild land and wild places found across the park, and help conserve them. I'm sure John Muir Award participants, and many others, will be inspired to share their Wild Park stories, and become Wild Park Warriors."

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Tales from our Wild Park can be downloaded for free at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/wildpark.
Wild Park 2020 is the second edition of the parks Biodiversity Action Plan. It aims to set out a strategy for achieving a long term vision for the National Park’s biodiversity.


Find out more about the John Muir Award within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/learning/john-muir-award.

You can read a blog about how writer Emily Dodd helped create Tales of our Wild Park.