A petition calling for the Scottish government to make its wild land the best protected in the world has been handed in at the parliament building in Edinburgh.
The John Muir Trust delivered the letter today (January 26th), along with the 3,500 signatures it had collected in support of its Wild Land campaign.
Such a move may help preserve the countryside from unwarranted developments, which may help those taking their climbing ropes out with them to enjoy access to good sites without undue interference or environmental degradation.
This has been less the case in recent years than in the past, with a study by Scottish Natural Heritage revealing the amount of wild land from which development could not be seen shrank from 41 per cent to 31 per cent between 2002 and 2008.
Chief executive of the trust Stuart Brooks was joined at Holyrood by campaign ambassador Cameron McNeish.
Mr Brooks remarked: "This petition is the first step in making the case for a new designation to protect Scotland's wild land areas."
The campaign comes with the Scottish parliamentary elections approaching in May.