Does trashing our landscape really matter? After all we have plenty of city parks!

Walkers on the road to Chalybeate Spring. Soon those turbines in the background will cover the foreground too.   photo © Phil Lambert

Walkers on the road to Chalybeate Spring. Soon those turbines in the background will cover the foreground too. photo © Phil Lambert

Well for the urban dweller, you know the ones that fill out those survey form to say they think turbines are great, wild land is just an empty piece of pretty boring peat and bog. Better for a wind farm and a lot of roads that walkers will enjoy. You could even improve things more by building a Tesco up there so that none of the walkers and cyclists need to struggle up with rucksacks full of food! Yes, well now I may be getting silly! But I think you have the idea. Those peat hags and bogs are actually intrinsic to our ecology. Within them and the burns, the forests and the Lochs, Scotland would be a barren desert. Thanks though to Phil Lambert who has painted a marvellous word picture that those of us that tarry a while and see the ptarmigan, the Golden Eagle, the snakes and the voles, the red squirrel and the pine marten, will understand. Those that race through in car, trail bike or mountain bike are poorer for what they don’t see. But nature is not to be hurried as these Monadliaths, Glen Affric and Kintail know all to well. Hundreds of thousands of years went into their creation and yet man, in his arrogance, is destroying them in a moment. Read Phil’s letter here.

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About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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3 Responses to Does trashing our landscape really matter? After all we have plenty of city parks!

  1. Alan Carter says:

    You are right. That landscape has been completely trashed. It has been repeatedly and systematically burned to the ground to eliminate any forest regeneration whatsoever in order that a few grouse may be maintained at the cost of the entire ecosystem.

    • Muir burn is a contentious issue but it is never done in areas of natural forest regeneration. Natural fires caused by lightning strikes probably burn off more of the heather, gorse and broom than muir burn ever does and that regenerates over a number of years within excellent results. Muir burn also reduces tick infestation which affects all birds, deer and walkers in equal measure. Some photos of sheep and grouse attacked by tick are truly horrendous. Muir burn is not a new estates creation but has gone on for generations from before grouse and dear became a commercial business.

    • Alec Sevins says:

      At least a tree-less landscape looks more natural than an industrial one.

      Even large dams produce nicer looking scenery than wind turbines, which are essentially a bunch of mini dam generators up high, with air being intercepted instead of water. It’s odd how opponents of dams tend to be proponents of rural skyscrapers. They don’t seem to understand what they’re trying to preserve.

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