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Outdoor lovers quizzed on wilderness

Posted 3 February 2012
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Outdoor lovers quizzed on wilderness
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Outdoor lovers are being quizzed by the John Muir Trust on what they understand as 'wilderness', in a move coinciding with the release of a map by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) of wild land.

SNH is joining forces with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms national parks to poll people who might want to go walking, climbing or ride mountain bikes in Scotland's countryside.

Questions asked include "what is the most wild place/area you have ever been to in Scotland", what outdoor activities people have undertaken and what characteristics they regard as comprising wildness.

It also discusses what factors increase or decrease a sense of wildness, from evidence of human activity to the presence of rare native wildlife.

The two Scottish national parks were formed in 2002 (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs) and 2003 (the Cairngorms).

With these being popular with visitors and accessible by rail and main roads, some may dispute that these are as wild as areas that lie many miles from such amenities or human settlements.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801284098-ADNFCR