Loch Morlich at dawn, Cairngrms National Park, Scotland

Presented by Peter Cairns

“The images were sublime - I expected that. I didn’t expect to go away with so many questions buzzing in my head. Superb.”

It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes were at home in extensive wetlands. Salmon and trout filled the rivers. Lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked wooded glades. Today, although it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. Our large carnivores are all gone, our soils have become impoverished and across millions of acres, a bare, denuded landscape supports very little life.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging where native woodlands regenerate at a landscape scale; where damaged peatlands are restored; where rivers run freely and where oceans are full of life. This is the vision of a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works, where wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people thrive. 

Using stunning imagery created by the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture photography team, this presentation showcases the country's beauty and drama, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?



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