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Seeking views on Scotlandís wild land map

1st November 2013

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People are being asked to give their views on Scotlandís wild land as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) today (1 November) launches an seven week consultation on a map showing core areas of wild land across the country.

The map is a result of SNHís work to advise Scottish Government and others on the extent and location of the wild land resource in Scotland. As part of the recent Scottish Government consultations on the Main Issues Report for the National Planning Framework 3, and draft revised Scottish Planning Policy, a number of respondents offered comments on the detail of the wild land map. In light of these comments, the Scottish Government has asked SNH to carry out a consultation about the map.

Andrew Bachell, SNH director of operations, said:ďScotland has a world-wide reputation as a beautiful and impressive country. The wildness people can experience and the images of wild places are an incredibly valuable asset which makes an important contribution to our tourism industry. Wild land makes a crucial contribution to our quality of life and we know that most people who live in Scotland consider wild places to be important to them. Wild land areas are also valuable to nature and are often home to some of our most remarkable wildlife.

ďThe map is the result of a systematic and robust study that we carried out and weíre keen to hear what others think. We hope that the map will help government, local authorities and developers to take account of wild land in decisions about land use and development.Ē

Details of the consultation can be found at -

It runs until 20 December 2013. SNH will review all the comments received and prepare further advice to Scottish Ministers on the map, including any proposed changes.

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