EU Resolution on Wilderness in Europe
Responses to the resolution from Scotland and Wales
Conference on Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas
Summary of the Conference on Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas,
Prague, Czech Republic, 27-28 May 2009
EC Presidency Conference on Restoration of Large Wild Areas, Brussels 16,
17 November 2010
Guidelines for the management of wilderness and wild areas in Natura 2000
A Working Definition of European Wilderness and Wild Areas
Protected areas in Europe - an overview, October 2012
Information (no longer updated)
KEEPERS OF TIME - a
Policy for England's Ancient Woodland
>A response to the consultation on England's Forestry Strategy
>Strategy for England Trees, Woods and Forests
- a commentary
- what does it mean?
"Of course we need to cull them. Get a
must kill Bambi: why culling deer is a no-brainer, Sara Maitland Guardian
10 March 2013
"peatlands are more important than tropical
Natural England drops peatland bog-burning inquiry, Christine Ottery,
Guardian 14 March 2012
“The Grasslands Trust has been able to secure Government
funding to ensure ten years of wildlife management at Arcot”
Northumberland wildlife site rescued from
decline: Largest area of lowland species-rich unimproved grassland in
the North East,
"in an unfavourable condition and requires
management to improve its status"
Wildlife is threatened by experts, Wigan Today 19 January 2011
are proud to have a sustainable conservation system up and running to
safeguard the future of this unsurpassed southern wilderness and its
roaming red deer protect Pirbright heathland,
Surrey 24 November 2010
“the danger of re-wilding ideas, though, is
that they are often based on rampant political naivety”
Lynx and beaver to ‘rewild’ English countryside, Chris Gourlay and
Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times 27 September, 2009
"the land would become covered in scrub and
gorse, and if left alone would become inaccessible to visitors"
Healthy eating 'alters landscape', BBC News online 20 May 2009
"a membership-collecting factory"
Feathers fly at osprey site split - A disagreement about the running of an
osprey nesting site in Gwynedd has resulted in volunteers flying the nest,
BBC News online 3 April 2009
"the hard work of the upland gamekeepers
controlling crows and foxes to protect the grouse"
Green plovers' eggs are off the menu
Wild Notebook: lapwings are a part of history but they are not often seen
now, Simon Barnes, Times 28 February 2009
"Ministers are reneging
on promises to safeguard vital wildlife areas around Britain's coasts"
Save our seas: Ministers go back on promise to protect UK waters, Geoffrey
Lean, Independent on Sunday 8 February 2009
"there are claims that reinstallation of
these raptors has ignored the needs of farmers, whose complaints should no
longer be ignored"
After beavers and wolves, why not bring back the black rat? - Those who
argue for the reintroduction of lost species must understand it will
devastate a landscape we love, Catherine Bennett, Observer 4 January 2009
"very exciting project for the National
Lisa Hawthornthwaite, the only cowgirl in Britain, rides out for the
National Trust, Simon de Bruxelles, Times 30 October 2008
"Legal control of crows, foxes and stoats"
New study links loss of waders and hen harriers to loss of gamekeepers and
grouse, Game & Wildlife Conservancy Trust News 27 October 2008
"a superb management strategy"
Bold move to save mire, Forestry Commission News Release No: 11035, 20
"foxes often chew transmitters"
Massive radio-tracking study links predators to bird declines, Game &
Wildlife Conservation Trust Press Release 18 September 2008
"These animals disappeared for a reason,
because they were competing with our own needs"
Beavers to be reintroduced to Scotland - Conservationists believe the
mammals will help create a healthier and more varied habitat, but the
proposals are likely to be opposed by local farmers, Guardian, 18 August
"learning the lessons of
successful moorland management from its neighbours and concentrating on
habitat management and predator control"
RSPB accused over birds on flagship reserve, Charles Clover, Daily
Telegraph 23 April 2008
"The lack of woodland
management has led to rapid declines in specialist woodland wildlife, like
the rare and beautiful Pearl-bordered Fritillary"
Help save vanishing creatures, Salisbury Journal, 20 March 2008
"Grey wolves in the
northern Rocky mountains are thriving and no longer need protection"
Howls of protest as America declares open season on grey wolves, Robin
McKie, The Observer, 24 February 2008
"The RSPB does not have
any axe to grind against any sport unless it affects the conservation
issues and then we would be very much against it"
RSPB criticised over shooting on reserve, Paul Eccleston, Daily Telegraph
11 January 2008
"There's a deep cultural
resistance to the idea of land no longer being farmed"
Wilder parks can tame climate change threat, Ed Douglas, The Observer, 23
"grazing animals manage
the land, keeping it cropped and tidy and attractive to visitors"
Walk in the enchanted forest, Anna Shepard, travel, The Times 17 November
"Shoot a moose and you
have saved the equivalent of two long-haul flights"
Moose with wind are ‘worse than gas guzzlers’, Roger Boyes, The Times 23
"Woodlands are managed in
such a way now that they are the shadiest they have been for thousands of
Bringing sunshine into the woods should stop decline of butterflies,
Valerie Elliot, Times 21 July 2007
"We must increase our
efforts to restore and manage lowland heathland
Woodlark population takes off, thanks to set-aside land, Lewis Smith,
Times 16 July 2007
"Detested the barren
hills of Scotland
Three million trees planted in largest native woodland plan, David Ross,
The Herald 3 July 2007
woodlands and heathlands
The middle class have hijacked the English countryside for themselves,
Madeleine Bunting, The Grauniad 23 April 2007
"Naurally maintain one of
Britain's most sensitive eco-systems
Ethical Living, Lucy Siegle, The Observer Magazine, 4 March 2007
"Now we should fear for
We used to fear the wild. Now we should fear for the wild......, Simon
Barnes, Wild Notebook, The Times, 3 February 2007
"A true British
Britain's forgotten wilderness - less than an hour from Norwich, John
Vidal, The Grauniad, 8 January 2007
"This doesn't imply
fencing humans out and allowing vast tracts of countryside to revert to
The bigger picture, Martin Hodgson, The Grauniad 29 November 2006
"Dyfi Valley, Uluru and
Stunning valley's membership of an exclusive eco club hangs in balance,
Western mail 18th October 2006
"Born to be wild"
Trust’s edict leads to howls of protest, this is Hampshire 28 September
"Do away with farming and
the countryside will be nothing - back to wilderness in no time at all"
Archbishop fears for future of countryside, Yorkshire Post Today 13 July
"The anthem of summer -
Gordon Brown, death by droning, Times 12 June 2006 & Raise a glass (and
sound the flute) to the creators of our pastoral dream, Times 19 January
2006 - both Rachel Campbell-Johnston
"The modern version of
the pre-Romantic wilderness"
Return of the native - Indigenous trees rekindle the spirit of our
pre-industrial land, and are a big brother to birds, bulbs and bugs, Monty
Don, Observer, 5th February 2006
"Managed grazing prevents
most sites reverting to wild forest"
Return of the native - Green groups are increasingly buying farmland to
return it to vanished wilderness, Owen Bowcott, Guardian, 30th December
"But we cant call it
wilderness in Scotland"
Scotland 'to lead the way in attracting wilderness tourists', Fordyce
Maxwell, The Scotsman, 4th November 2005
"Forgetting how people
once felt about bears and packs of wolves"
Now in its 11th consecutive year! - Catherine Bennet, Grauniad (Guardian)
13th October 2005
"Without cattle the
countryside becomes an empty wilderness"
Vaccinated steak and chips, please - Magnus Linklater, The Times, 5th
Madness - the juggernaut of nature
CONSERVATION SOCIETY AND THE NATIONAL TRUST, PEMBROKESHIRE
SCOTLAND AND WALES
land or rewilding?
should Wales be?