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What is Wild Park?

Wild Park is our long-term vision for how we will protect the National Park’s habitats and ecosystems, which are of global importance for nature.

In 2014, we launched Wild Park 2020, setting out our long-term (25-year) strategy for meeting important biodiversity commitments so that the natural heritage within the National Park can thrive, be enjoyed by all and continue to provide essential ecological services.

In order to achieve the long-term outcomes set out in Wild Park 2020, we have evolved and refreshed our Action Programme (download below) to better align focus for conservation and land management set out in our National Park Partnership Plan.

Our current Action Programme will be in place until 2023 and is now focused on four Key Environmental Threats that negatively impact our nature and landscapes. By tackling these threats, we can better protect and enhance the natural habitats and ecosystems.

Key Environmental Threats

The natural environment of the National Park faces many threats, mostly resulting from human impacts or resulting pressures, but four environmental threats are considered to be the key pressures on the National Park’s biodiversity and natural capital. They are:

  • Poor quality of some lochs & rivers
    Negative impacts on freshwater and marine water bodies from problems such as
    pollution from surrounding land uses.
  • Unsustainable levels of grazing
    Unsustainable levels of wild and domesticated grazing and browsing animals in some
    upland and woodland areas, leading to reduced tree cover and the erosion of soils,
    which are important carbon stores.
  • Invasive, Non-Native Species
    The spread of invasive non-native species, which displace our rich native wildlife.
  • Climate Change Pressures
    The impacts of climate change leading to warmer, wetter weather patterns and a
    subsequent increase in flood events, major landslides and rapid shifts in natural
    ecosystems.

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