New Rewilding organisation launched in Scotland

On Saturday 21st September a new organisation was launched at the ‘Rewilding’ conference held at Stirling University. It was the Scottish Rewilding Alliance – Seventeen organisations had joined up as they all thought this was a great way of pushing the benefits of ‘Rewilding’ which include increase wildlife, jobs in rural areas and expanding tourism. These organisations were Southern Uplands Partnership, John Muir Trust, Reforesting Scotland, Mountaineering Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, Borders Forest Trust, Scotland The Big Picture, Trees for Life, Rewilding Britain, Open Seas, Royal Zoological Society Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Wild Beaver Group, Scottish Raptor Study Group, Community Woodlands Association, The European Nature Trust and Scottish Badgers.

One big missing organisation who say they care for wildlife and especially birds was the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds! The Raptor Study Group who monitor Birds of Prey around Scotland have joined up so they must think this bonding of organisations must be a good thing so why No RSPB?

Of course, all the land ownership by the RSPB is from money given by the public or tax payers so if Scotland is going to expand the way the land is managed what would the RSPB have against ‘Rewilding’?

They are very much involved with ‘Cairngorm Connect’ – Cairngorms Connect is a partnership of neighbouring land managers, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park.

The Cairngorms Connect area stretches over 600 square kilometres – it is a landscape of superlatives: ancient woodlands intersected by sparkling rivers and lochs, encircle an Arctic-like mountain massif – the most extensive and wildest of its kind in Britain; there are vast tracts of blanket bog, tranquil wetlands and secret woodland bogs. It is a place where eagles soar, wildcats prowl and red squirrels forage; home to plants, insects, birds and mammals found in few other places.

This scheme claims it is not involved with ‘Rewilding’ but that has been proved to be a wrong, statement as allowing natural regeneration to take place on all this land is the first act of ‘Rewilding’! Surely with so much land in Scotland which even the RSPB says is badly managed like many Red Grouse moors they should applaud this new group and sign up.

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