Scottish conservation charity the John Muir Trust has reported progress in its attempts to create a new legal designation of wild land, which could have legal protection, something those who like to go walking
in Scotland may be pleased to learn.
Last week saw its petition on the subject make its third appearance before the Scottish parliament's Public Petitions Committee, which agreed the call should be moved forward.
Celebrating this, campaigns coordinator Mel Nicoll said: "We couldn't have got this far without the support of our supporters who have signed the petition and written to their MSPs asking them to back our campaign."
Ms Nicoll welcomed the news emerging in the same week from Natural England that the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks be expanded, saying this was in line with the Trust's call for such areas to be increased in size.
Other political campaigns the Trust has been involved with in Scotland in recent years have included attempts to restrict unsightly hill tracks created by 4x4s.