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Category Archives: Conservation

The Big Debate: Should we Reintroduce Wild Species?

The subject of species re-introductions is one that arouses polarised opinions. You seldom meet people who sit on the fence about it. The contentious issue of wolves in Scotland is a topic that keeps re-surfacing. Wildlife expert and Wilderness Guide Jonathan Willet shares his insight into the main arguments for and against wild species re-introduction in Scotland. The Big Debate: … Continue reading

Folkore of Scotland’s Wildlife: Behind the ‘Big 5’

2013 was the Year of Natural Scotland and involved a campaign from Visit Scotland to get everyone talking about Scotland’s iconic wildlife and decide our own ‘Big 5′ animals. Director of Training at Wilderness Scotland, Myles Farnbank shares some of the history and folklore behind these wonderful creatures that has been built up in Scotland through the ages. Folkore of … Continue reading

Success! John Muir Trust Conservation award

Great news from the John Muir Trust – their recent campaign to win £24,000 to enable conservation work on the Bla Bheinn path on Skye has been successful! The competition was being run by the European Outdoor Conservation Association and the John Muir Trust were nominated by outdoor company Berghaus. After a series of voting from the public, the Bla … Continue reading

PLEASE VOTE! Help Keep Bla Bheinn on Skye beautiful

­­Keeping Bla Bheinn on Skye beautiful­­­ Click here to vote now and help us fund the Bla Bheinn path repairs The John Muir Trust is in competition to win funds to help repair the path up Bla Bheinn (pronounced Blaven) on Skye. The path is eroding dramatically due to high footfall and wet weather and repairs need to be made … Continue reading

Scotland’s winged Wood Ants

What Lives in a Nest 5 Feet High? I was out in the woods of Abernethy Forest in the Cairngorms National Park at the beginning of July and walking along the path I noticed an impressive nest of the Scottish Wood Ant right beside it. Theses ants have the biggest and most obvious nests in the forest, there are two … Continue reading

Scotland’s own Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Scotland’s own Golden Ringed Dragonfly is the one most commonly encountered when out and about on the hills in Scotland. It is unmistakable due to its black and yellow colouring and its slightly down-curved abdomen. Though its seems much bigger in flight the insect is only 8cm long and has a wingspan of around 10cm. Unlike other dragonflies it is … Continue reading

Wilderness Guide Training Programme

The Wilderness Guide Training Programme Here at Wilderness Scotland we love a new concept, and especially a new wilderness concept, none of which get us more excited than one we have pioneered ourselves. Last week saw the launch of our brand new Wilderness Guide Training Programme, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Developed and led by … Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Wild Camping in Scotland

Wild Camping in Scotland I could count on one hand the number of times I have been wild camping in Scotland, and that very same number all amount to unsuccessful attempts. Although I hate to admit it, and no matter how much I love adventure, the outdoors and anything that burns off my excessive amounts of energy, I am more … Continue reading

Wilderness Scotland donates £7,000 to conservation champions

We would like to say a big thank you to all those who have contributed to our Conservation Contribution Scheme.  With your help we have donated over £7,000 to three of Scotland’s leading conservation organisations this year: • The John Muir Trust owns and manages many of Scotland’s iconic wild landscapes including Ben Nevis, Sandwood Bay and much of the Cuillin … Continue reading

Home – The Earth from the Air movie

I was fortunate enough to be at a special event in Edinburgh last night, screening Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s movie ‘Home’. Yann is probably best known for his photo exhibition and books ‘The Earth from the Air’ and this movie takes that theme a little further, exploring the environmental issues behind his incredible images. Following the film, Yann took to the stage … Continue reading

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