Highlands and Islands MSP lodges motion in support of wild land

David Stewart, Labour MSP for Highlands and Islands seeks cross-party support for wild land motion.

David Stewart, Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has put down a motion for which he will be seeking cross-party support. We would encourage Trust members in Scotland to ask their local constituency and region MSPs to sign Motion S4M-09529:-

Scottish Natural Beauty :-

"That the Parliament welcomes the VisitScotland Islands Visitor Survey 2012–2013, which was published on 11 February 2014; notes the finding that the main influence on visitor decision to visit Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, and the second most important influence in visiting Orkney, was an interest in the scenery and landscape; observes that the Public Perceptions of Wildness in Scotland survey of 1,872 people carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the two national parks, showed that 86% of the main sample felt that action was necessary to preserve wild land in Scotland and that all groups highlighted energy infrastructure and built-up areas as the most significant adverse impacts; considers that 73% of respondents to the most recent wild land consultation by SNH were supportive of their wild land mapping, and asks the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland’s best wild land and natural landscape areas are protected in planning as a national asset."