The Scottish Wild Land Group is joining nine of Scotland’s leading environmental organisations to appeal for help in preventing the spread of hill tracks.
The uncontrolled construction of hill tracks is contributing to the rapid loss of wild land in Scotland, and damaging landscapes and wildlife across the country. Despite the Scottish Government accepting that there is ‘compelling evidence’ of unacceptable damage, it recently decided not to amend legislation that exempts hill tracks from the planning system. As a result, landowners can continue to bulldoze tracks through some of our most precious and sensitive environments, including parts of our National Parks, without any public oversight. We have a short window of opportunity to persuade the government to change its mind, and need your help to do so.
Please take photographs of hill tracks you find when out walking or cycling, and send them to us with as many details as possible here. Your help is essential if we are to make a strong case – thank you!
The SWLG’s position on hill tracks is set out in a response to the Government’s 2012 consultation, and in an article from Wild Land News in 2010.
In addition to donations from the organisations participating in this project, funding has been generously provided by the Scottish Environment LINK Discretionary Project Fund and by a grant from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.