/ NEWS: New Wild Land Map First of its Kind
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68024
BTW, Dan, is your picture Loch nan Eun? Once spent a very cold and sleepless night on frozen ground there!
We need to have buffer zones round the edges of these wild land areas and the buffer zones need to be very big.
Mind you, given the minimal amount of notice that's been taken of it on here so far, maybe it'll just get ignored. It probably doesn't help that the map as published is almost unreadable - the underlying map of Scotland is so faint as to be barely there.
Although it's difficult to tell from the dreadful map, it seems that the list only covers upland areas, no coastal landscapes. I reckon certain beaches on the west coast can feel just as much like wilderness as some of the hills.
Overall: a poor effort IMO, with questionable benefits (if any). Then again, from the rationale on the SNH web site the idea does seem to have originated in a government department so perhaps not surprising that it's a bit of a turkey. Unfortunately, again based on what the SNH web site says, it does look like they intend to use it as the basis for policy and future legislation :-(
I wondered about the omission and designation of some wild land as well!
I'm sure it will have a bearing on policy and future legislation.
There is a chance to make your views known about future planning and development issues through a new 'consultation'.
Here's another map which you may find of interest:
Well there's a huge wind farm going ahead in area 42, the Parc on Harris and isn't the Monalaidth also covered by one of these areas?
I also note that nothing on Lewis is designated as wild land.
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