Cross-party backing for wild land

Holyrood debates conservation motion

A motion calling for ‘a step change in conserving wild land and endangered species’ will be debated in the Scottish Parliament at 5pm on Wednesday 6 March.

Motion S4M-6502 – Endangered Species and Wild Land Conservation – lodged by Murdo Fraser MSP, has won the support of SNP, Labour, Conservative and independent MSPs.

 Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust said: “Tomorrow’s debate is a positive step forward for the Trust’s Wild Land Campaign. This is the Scottish Government’s Year of Natural Scotland, so this discussion is timely.

“We welcome the cross-party support this motion has attracted. This debate should be a step up to a nationwide debate on the rapid loss of Scotland’s wild land as a result of unsuitable development.

“We’re running out of time. Two years ago, when we delivered our petition to Parliament calling for a wild land designation, SNH warned of the dangers of leaving it too late to take action. Since then, development pressure on our wild land has grown more intense. With the proportion of wild land left in Scotland shrinking at an alarming rate, this debate should be a wake-up call to politicians across the political spectrum to take action urgently.”