Here you can find details of our current campaigns, a selection of responses that the SWLG has made to recent consultations and development proposals, along with recent articles from Wild Land News. Please feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like any more information on any of these or would like us to respond to/act on other issues not mentioned here.
SWLG continues to campaign with the LINK Hill Tracks campaign group. You can find more information on our Hill Tracks page.
Campaigns & Consultation Responses
Survey on extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in Scotland - In January 2018 we responded to the survey by LUC Consultants on the extension of PDR in Scotland.
Invervar Lodge extension track - In January 2018 we wrote to Perth and Kinross Council to object to the proposed extension to the track west of Invervar Lodge in Glen Lyon. Our main objection concerned the purpose of the track.
Coul Links Golf - In December 2017 we wrote to Highland Council to object to the development proposal for a golf course at Coul Links in Sutherland. We are one of several conservation groups opposing this development.
Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2 - In December 2017 we submitted comments on the Arglyl and Bute Local Development Plan and the proposal to explore the potential to create a coastal and marine Argyll and Islands National Park.
Glendoebeg track, Fort Augustus - In November 2017, we objected to a proposal for an extension to existing hilltrack at Glendoebeg, Fort Augustus. One of our main concerns was the lack of detail in the application.
Ben More hydro scheme - In July 2017, we objected to a proposal for a run of the river hydro scheme at Ben More Farm, Crianlarich, mostly on the grounds of visual impacts. Our main concern was the proposal to retain the access track for the scheme as a permanent feature.
Camusrory track - In July 2017, we wrote to Highland Council regarding a track in a wild land area claimed to be to reduce erosion and visual scarring due to vehicle use, and justifying this by the SNH requirement to cull and hence extract adequate numbers of deer. This estate has been extracting deer for decades without such provision.
Assessing Impacts on Wild Land Areas (Technical Guidance) - SWLG submitted a response to the Scottish Natural Heritage consultation on assessing impacts on wild land areas (April 2017).
People, Places and Planning consultation - In Spring 2017 the SWLG responded to the Scottish Government's People, Places and Planning consultation document. Here is our response. We are concerned about the status of Wild Land Areas and the level of protection afforded to them, the planning law which allows constant attrition of wild areas by intrusions such as hilltracks and the level of democratic deficit in the planning system in Scotland.
Local Landscape Areas - SWLG responded to the Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland consultation on Local Landscape Areas (March 2017).
East Glenquioch hydro scheme - SWLG objected to Highland Council regarding the construction of a hydro scheme on the East Glenquoich Estate on the Allt Fearna (January 2017).
White Corries Ski Centre access road - SWLG objected to Highland Council regarding the planning application for a new forestry grade mainenance access road from the car park base station to the plateau, top station of chairlift at the White Corries Ski Centre in Glencoe (September 2016).
Garrochie Estate hill track - SWLG wrote to Highland Council to object the planning application submitted for a new hill track on Garrochie Estate (July 2015).
Ardessie Burn hydro scheme - our objection to a terribly inappropriate hydro scheme proposal in the Wester Ross National Scenic Area, one of Scotland's finest - and supposedly most protected - landscapes.
Caplich wind farm - our objection to a proposed wind farm threatening several of Scotland's wildest areas.
Future of Land Reform in Scotland - our response to the Government's consultation.
Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm - our objection to a wind farm proposal that would industrialise part of Rannoch Moor.
School Wood housing development, Nethy Bridge - our objection to a proposed housing development in the Cairngorms National Park that would destroy an important area of ancient woodland.
'Core Areas of Wild Land' map - the SWLG's response to Scottish Natural Heritage's consultation on their 2013 Core Areas of Wild Land map, which may be adopted by the Scottish Government for use in planning policy.
'Sustainability and Planning' consultation - the SWLG's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on 'sustainable economic growth' and 'sustainable development' as priorities in planning policy.
Hill tracks campaign - launched in June 2013 in partnership with several other organisations, an appeal for members of the public to help stop the spread of hill tracks. This continues our long-running campaign to persuade the Government to bring unregulated hill tracks into the planning system.
National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy - The SWLG's responses to the Government's consultations on the National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy from July 2013 can be found here.
Wild land protection (National Planning Framework) - The SWLG responded to the Government's consultations on the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy (above). We also wrote a joint letter with 7 other Scottish environmental groups to urge the Government to give wild land meaningful protection.
Scarista wind turbine - SWLG objection to a proposed turbine at Scarista, on the coast of Harris.
Stronelairg wind farm - SWLG objection to large wind farm proposed for the heart of the Monadhliath mountains
Bhlaraidh wind farm - The SWLG objection to this proposed wind farm above Loch Ness
Nathro Hill wind farm - The SWLG objection to the wind farm proposed for Nathro Hill in Angus
Cairngorms New Town - The SWLG was recently involved in a legal challenge to prevent the construction of a new town in the Cairngorms National Park. Tim Ambrose gives the background to the case and an update on its progress. Disappointingly, the challenge was rejected in September 2012. The Cairngorms Campaign is leading an appeal against this judgement, with the SWLG's support - please help to fund this appeal if you can.
Hill tracks - response to the Scottish Government's proposed amendments to the General Permitted Development Amendment Order that would remove automatic Permitted Development Rights from hill tracks. Background to the SWLG's position can be found in this article from the Spring 2010 issue of Wild Land News.
Woodland Expansion - response to the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group's consultation on plans to increase woodland cover in Scotland. The final report can be found here.
Land Value Taxation - the essential reform - John Digney argues for an overhaul of taxation to reflect fundamental important of land to society as a whole.
Raptor persecution: 'a national disgrace' - Bob McMillan, former Assistant Chief Constable of Taydside Police and 'lead officer' on wildlife crime in Scotland argues that more needs to be done to tackle widespread persecution of Scotland's birds of prey.
The Tay Beavers - Louise Ramsay of the Scottish Wild Beaver Group provides an update on the population of wild beavers living on the Tay.