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Walking for Mental Health - Doom, Gloom and Green Shoots in the Scottish Hills

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 UKH Articles 17 Dec 2019
Feeling the unseasonal heat on Stob Ghabhar Weighed by the heavy burden of climate change, and the ecological poverty of the mountains he loves, Alex Roddie takes a long walk from despair to hope.

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A lesson that we might take from the mountains to contemplate in the cities is that there are many types of silence. The silence of my office, with its AC unit and road noise, covers up the silence of the wind in the trees outside. Beyond that is sterile 'dead silence' like the author describes. Sad to hear it uncovered in the hills.

 mcdweeb 23 Dec 2019

Well said, now we just need to get the landowners to understand this argument as well. Perhaps in some (not-too-distant) distant future, a Scottish government can incentivise or force them to behave and act to improve biodiversity.

 stevesmith 24 Dec 2019

Alex is right, and most of the Lake District is even worse: a sheep-wrecked landscape despite its World Heritage status. So what to do? The John Muir Trust owns and manages wild land in Scotland, including Ben Nevis, Quinag, and parts of Skye, Knoydart and Schiehallion, and is improving habitats by reforesting and rewilding. JMT have also taken on the management of Glenridding Common, including Helvellyn. More info here: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/about/resources/787-land-report-library


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