Forestry Commission Scotland has just published a report on the state of Scotland’s native woodlands. It has found that only 4% of Scotland is covered in native woodland, with grazing by herbivores shown to be the biggest threat to them. Invasive non-native species such as rhododendron were also found to be important threats locally, with … Read more New FCS report on Scotland’s native woodland
WRi has responded to SNH’s consultation on their Core Areas of Wild Land (CAWL). The Scottish Government recently consulted on the Main Issues Report for the National Planning Framework 3 and draft Scottish Planning Policy. These proposed a policy approach that refers to Scottish Natural Heritage’s Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 map. This map was drawn … Read more Response to SNH consultation
Former leaders of PAN Parks have set up the European Wilderness Society (EWS) with the aims “to safeguard European wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature for future generation.” The EWS has a developing set of well-resourced web pages that act as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in wilderness in Europe.
WRi has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Misoula funded by the US Forest Service on the project “Traditional phenological knowledge: Mapping support for case study descriptions of cultural resilience in fire-adapted ecosystems”. The project will last 12 months from June 2013 to June 2104 with $71,000 allocated … Read more Joint Venture with Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
SNH has published today a consultation paper on its Core areas of wild land map. This follows on from the Scottish Government’s consultations earlier this year on the National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy. The consultation runs for 7 weeks and closes on Friday 20 December. Click here to view the consultation paper. … Read more Consultation on core wild land areas in Scotland
The area without visual intrusion from obvious built human structures in Scotland has reduced again according to new data published by Scottish Natural Heritage. Most of the new impacts are attributable to wind energy developments. For more information see here.
The draft European Wilderness Register and spatial indicator have been reported in various magazines after it’s launch at WILD10. The work by Alterra (University of Wageningen), WRi and PAN Parks has been report in Geoconnexion (a GIS trade magazine) and Consumer Magazine (Spain). An article by Dr Carver is also due out shortly in the Geographical Association … Read more Reporting the European Wilderness register and indicator
Conference presentations for Wilderness in a Modified European Landscape now available. The conference was held in Westport, County Mayo, on 14th May – 16th May 2013 during Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim was to bring together current and possible future approaches to rewilding modified landscapes, particularly on former plantation forest … Read more Wild Nephin
WRi attended the Wild Ennerdale 10th Anniversary meeting 25-27 June 2013, famously walking in to the Ennerdale Valley from Seathwaite, spending the night next to Innominate Tarn near Haystacks: See our Flickr pages for photos and video.
The Wildland Research Institute played a key role in WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WWC), which was held in Salamanca, Spain, between 4-10 October. Entitled “Make the World a Wilder Place”, WRi gave two plenary talks, launched a new, draft Vision for a wilder Europe, wrote/contributed to 5 congress resolutions, moderated 6 sessions, delivered upwards of 10 papers… … Read more WILD10… WRi plays a key role.