Map of Scotland’s wild land published
I’ve been watching this map being drawn together for some years, and confess that I’m not entirely sure what it will be used for, so am interested to see the comments made by SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) and will be watching the media to see where it is mentioned in the coming years.
If not familiar with ‘wild land’, then some idea of what is meant can be gained by referring to this publication: Scottish Planning Policy (paragraph 128) which states: “The most sensitive landscapes may have little or no capacity to accept new development. Areas of wild land character in some of Scotland’s remoter upland, mountain and coastal areas are very sensitive to any form of development or intrusive human activity and planning authorities should safeguard the character of these areas in the development plan.”
In publicising the availability of this new map, the media noted:
Scottish Natural Heritage has published its final version of a map showing where Scotland’s wild land is.
The 42 areas include large parts of the Cairngorms and Wester Ross and also places in Argyll, the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and south of Scotland.
In total, the areas cover 19.5% of Scotland and the new map replaces one published last year.
The map has been produced to support the Scottish government’s new National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy.
SNH said the map identified the most extensive areas of the “highest wildness in Scotland” that were considered nationally important.
Ian Jardine, SNH chief executive, said the map would guide development in areas recognised as wild land.
He said: “The planning documents launched today do much more than recognise the importance of the wild land resource.
Stac Pollaidh Scotland’s landscape has been described as a key asset
“They also recognise the extensive role of nature and landscape in the wider sense, and people’s enjoyment of it, in achieving sustainable economic growth.”
This is the link to the map itself: