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.
The Talladh a Bheithe wind farm application has today been ruled ‘not competent’ by Ministers/ECU and now shows as ‘Withdrawn’ on the ECU website at http://www.energyconsents.scot/CaseDetails.aspx. WRi submitted evidence on behalf of the John Muir Trust showing that the application would have marked impacts on wild land quality in the Loch Rannoch, Ben Alder and Loch … Read more
Steve Carver appeared in a panel debate on Rewilding together with George Monbiot, Paul Lister, Charlie Burrell, Colin Tudge and Edward Darling. The event was held in Frome on 22 October 2015 and chaired by Simon King and organised by Jessica Rothwell of Voice of Nature (see: http://www.voiceofnature.co.uk/). The whole debate can be seen online at: … Read more
Steve Carver, Director of the Wildland Research Institute has been filmed together with WRi Member Karina Aguilar, as part of a film aimed at saving the La Primavera Biosphere Reserve from urban development in and around Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The video can be seen on YouTube (In Spanish with subtitles for Steve!). See: https://youtu.be/GkwIRwI2KPQ
Jonathan Carruthers-Jones, an existing WRi member, is to take up a PhD position at Leeds starting in October 2015 under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Innovative Training Network – ITN) scholarships allocated to George Holmes. His proposed work will examine the connections between the representation and preservation of wild spaces and species in the pan-European context; will … Read more
An updated second edition of the Vision for a Wilder Europe (2015) document is now available. This is the edited, fine-tuned update of the WILD10 product presented to the EC and Council of Europe during the plenary proceedings of WILD10.
Wild camping when practiced carefully and sensitively and in the right place with due respect for the landscape is a pleasure we ought to cherish. But it can cause conflict when numbers get too big, is concentrated in popular areas and is (sometimes) accompanied by antisocial behaviour. An article by Cameron McNeish in response to … Read more
Cameron McNeish has written an article supporting the work of WRi and SNH in developing a map of wild land for Scotland. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/wild-land-and-why-it-should-have-proper-protection/0012553/
Wilderness and Society appeared as a theme in the recent Forum2000 workshops in Prague Oct 14, 2104 https://www.forum2000.cz/en/projects/forum-2000-conferences/2014/panel-summaries-and-transcripts/wilderness-and-society/
At the first gathering of the European Wilderness Society advocates from 22 countries met for three days in Mittersill Austria, to exchange best practice, scientific insights and new ideas on how to identify, designate, manage and promote European Wilderness. http://wilderness.academy/wilderness-days-2014/ Five years on from the European Parliament’s special resolution on wilderness and the Agenda for … Read more