Save Scotland’s wild land
Treasured natural landscapes of dazzling contrasts:- towering, distinctive mountains, rolling peatlands, picturesque glens and ragged coastlines. But wild land is under threat from industrial-scale developments that threaten to damage its special qualities. A recent YouGov poll has found that an over-whelming 80% of Scottish people believe that Scotland’s iconic “Wild Land Areas” should continue to be protected in the future from large-scale infrastructure. That's why we're asking you to join our campaign and help #keepitwild
A natural legacy worth protecting
Wild land and its distinctive landscapes, ecology, geology and archaeology draw thousands of visitors each year, making a vital contribution to local businesses and communities. Wild land fulfils a vital ecological function too, with vast peatlands storing carbon and home to rare wildlife. Wild land is also a place where nature can be enhanced and regenerated, building new opportunities for remote communities in growing markets such as wildlife tourism. But this can only happen if we protect it
A unique inheritance under threat
In 2014 the Scottish Government recognised 42 "Wild Land Areas" and gave them a degree of protection from development. But this has not stopped developers from targeting these special places as possible sites for industrial-scale wind farms. The most recent of these to be given permission is Creag Riabhach, near Altnaharra in the far north of Scotland. This will see 22-turbines up to 125m tall, five within Wild Land Area 37. This is the first time permission has been given for a development within the boundaries of a Wild Land Area. Scottish Government decisions on a number of other major wind farms that would damage wild land are also due. These include Caplich (near Ben More Assynt); Strathy South (Flow Country) and Limekiln (Caithness).
See an image of the full Wild Land Areas map here
Your voice counts. We're calling on the Scottish Government to give Wild Land Areas the same protection from wind farms as National Parks and National Scenic areas. We support the Government’s aim of reducing carbon emissions by the most effective methods, and do not dispute the need for renewable energy projects. However, we don't think that building industrial-scale wind farms in Wild Land Areas is necessary to achieve these goals. Wild land was damaged by commercial forestry planting in the 1980's, with costly schemes now under way to reverse these impacts. Let's not make the same mistake this time round.
Take action - please help to #keepitwild by writing to your MSPs/the Minister - download our template letter here