This is the draft WRi response to the recent SNH consultation on Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land. Deadline 7th April 2017. Click here. Key highlights: WRi welcomes the consultation WRi would like to see greater emphasis on use of existing quantitative and spatial methods used in SNH Phase 1 and 2 wild land mapping … Read moreDraft WRi response to SNH consultation on assessing impacts on wild land
A new book written by James McKay (University of Leeds) and Benjamin Dickinson is being launched this weekend describing a vision of the future of Leeds and it’s Yorkshire hinterland in 2150 after 2-3 degC of climate warming and post-sea level rise. Although the message is generally positive and told through cartoons and personal narratives, the … Read moreA Dream of a Low Carbon Future
Steve Carver gave a talk on mapping wildness in Wales to the John Muir Trust Welsh Members Gathering at Plas y Brenin on Saturday 1st October 2016. The meeting was well attended with over 60 members present including many folk from relevant agencies, NGOs and other bodies.
Steve Carver, Director, appeared on BBC Breakfast today being interviewed by Graham Satchell about what wild means and where we might find wild areas in Britain using WRi’s mapping approaches. See: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wildbritain?source=feed_text&story_id=1416411478372986 and on twitter at: https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/772668546425978880
Defra, NE, NPE and the EA have just published a new 8 point plan for England’s National Parks. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/509916/national-parks-8-point-plan-for-england-2016-to-2020.pdf No mention of rewilding, very little mention of wildlife and wild spaces, no mention of IUCN Cat2 national parks… a missed opportunity to think outside the box of culturally limited landscapes.
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Mar. 16, 2016 – A panel of scientists from across the United States met in January to review the career accomplishments of Supervisory Research Social Scientist Dr. Alan Watson of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. The panel recommended Watson be promoted to an “ST” graded position in recognition of his contributions and leadership … Read moreAlan Watson awarded prestigious ST position in USFS
A report published on 17th December 2015 by the RSPB details statistics on illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland over the period from 1994-2014. It makes for uncomfortable reading. The key statistic is perhaps this: of all the confirmed poison abuse incidents in Scotland 57% were on grouse moor estates and a further … Read moreRSPB publish report on persecution of birds of prey in Scotland
The controversial decision by the Scottish Energy Minister to approve the application for the 67 turbine wind farm in the Monadhliath Core Area of Wild Land (CAWL) in June 2104 resulting in the subsequent remove of this area from the final Wild land map by SNH has been overturned by Lord Jones in a Judicial … Read moreStronelairg wind farm decision overturned on Judicial Review
WRi have developed an interesting animated info-graphic with the John Muir Trust showing the spread of visual impact from industrial wind farms across Scotland from 1995 to 2015. This can viewed on YouTube. Further information is available via the JMT web pages.
A further two wind farm proposals have been rejected by the Scottish Government, partly on the grounds of landscape and visual impacts on Wild Land. These are the Carn Gorm proposal on Ben Wyvis north of Inverness, and the Glencassley and Sallachy proposal in Caithness.