East Lothian Library Service present this talk for Book Week Scotland.
Rewilding is a vision for a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works, where wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people prosper.
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 have gone. Our soils are impoverished and across millions of acres, a bare, degraded 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.
Against a backdrop of stunning imagery photographer and author, Peter Cairns, poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?