The conservation of Britain's uplands will be on the agenda as the British Mountaineering Council prepares to host a conference on the subject this week.
Held at Losehill Hall in Derbyshire, the event will discuss issues that may be of considerable interest to those who might wish to don their walking boots
, hop on mountain bikes
or carry a climbing rope
and head for the hills.
The stated aim of the conference is to address policy makers and bodies involved in conservation on a range of issues, such as social, economic and environmental aspects that influence the way conservation work is carried out.
It will aim to share experiences of dealing with these issues and influence future policy direction.
One way to help conserve uplands may be to grant such areas national park status.
The South Downs will become the 15th and newest national park in Britain from the 31st of this month, while there are proposals to extend the boundaries of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and Cairngorms National Parks.
Posted by Elaine Arthur