The Geographical Podcast

Building wilderness: The plot to restore the ecosystem of the Scottish Highlands

February 15, 2021 Geographical Episode 2
The Geographical Podcast
Building wilderness: The plot to restore the ecosystem of the Scottish Highlands
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The Geographical Podcast
Building wilderness: The plot to restore the ecosystem of the Scottish Highlands
Feb 15, 2021 Episode 2
Geographical

Although beautiful, the rolling hills and snaking glens of the Scottish Highlands are, in fact, landscapes that have been damaged by human beings. Much of the Scottish Highlands was once coated in a rich blanket of trees that formed the ‘Great Forest of Caledonia’. Over the centuries most of this forest was lost to agricultural incursions. Vast tracts of old-growth forest were removed; species like wolves, lynx, boar and even bear were hunted out; and the ecosystem services of diverse forests and peatlands were altered.

At one former deer-hunting estate north of Inverness, a process of restoration is taking place. Workers at Alladale Wilderness Reserve have planted more than two million trees; red squirrel, golden and white-tailed eagle numbers have soared; wolves could one day join their ranks. For this small team of young rangers and conservationists, the vision of a restored wilderness stretches far into the future. 

Land management approaches are a theme of this month’s magazine. Chile is full of stunning landscapes, but its people can’t always gain access to them. Now, a bold campaign to create a breathtaking national park on the outskirts of Santiago could become the biggest conservation story in Chilean history. We speak with contributor Matt Maynard about the ‘Queremos Parque’ movement. 

These stories feature in the February edition of Geographical Magazine. The long-read Building Wilderness was narrated here by actor and voice artist Simon Paisley-Day.

Subscribe to the print magazine today for the full experience. Plus, to stay connected with our world, you can subscribe to Geographical’s weekly newsletter.

Links:

Subscribe: http://geographical.co.uk/magazine/subscribe 

Newsletter: https://geographical.co.uk/magazine/newsletters?utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=greenbutton&utm_campaign=Newsletter  

Alladale Wilderness Reserve: https://alladale.com/ 

The European Nature Trust: https://theeuropeannaturetrust.com/ 

 Queremos Parque: https://queremosparque.cl/

Simon Paisley-Day: https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/simon-paisley-day 

 Socials: 

@MattNMaynard 

@jacob_dykes_

@alladalewildernessreserve 

Show Notes

Although beautiful, the rolling hills and snaking glens of the Scottish Highlands are, in fact, landscapes that have been damaged by human beings. Much of the Scottish Highlands was once coated in a rich blanket of trees that formed the ‘Great Forest of Caledonia’. Over the centuries most of this forest was lost to agricultural incursions. Vast tracts of old-growth forest were removed; species like wolves, lynx, boar and even bear were hunted out; and the ecosystem services of diverse forests and peatlands were altered.

At one former deer-hunting estate north of Inverness, a process of restoration is taking place. Workers at Alladale Wilderness Reserve have planted more than two million trees; red squirrel, golden and white-tailed eagle numbers have soared; wolves could one day join their ranks. For this small team of young rangers and conservationists, the vision of a restored wilderness stretches far into the future. 

Land management approaches are a theme of this month’s magazine. Chile is full of stunning landscapes, but its people can’t always gain access to them. Now, a bold campaign to create a breathtaking national park on the outskirts of Santiago could become the biggest conservation story in Chilean history. We speak with contributor Matt Maynard about the ‘Queremos Parque’ movement. 

These stories feature in the February edition of Geographical Magazine. The long-read Building Wilderness was narrated here by actor and voice artist Simon Paisley-Day.

Subscribe to the print magazine today for the full experience. Plus, to stay connected with our world, you can subscribe to Geographical’s weekly newsletter.

Links:

Subscribe: http://geographical.co.uk/magazine/subscribe 

Newsletter: https://geographical.co.uk/magazine/newsletters?utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=greenbutton&utm_campaign=Newsletter  

Alladale Wilderness Reserve: https://alladale.com/ 

The European Nature Trust: https://theeuropeannaturetrust.com/ 

 Queremos Parque: https://queremosparque.cl/

Simon Paisley-Day: https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/simon-paisley-day 

 Socials: 

@MattNMaynard 

@jacob_dykes_

@alladalewildernessreserve