Wildlife Trust ponder beauty and the development beast

The beautiful Highland landscape, but what lies on the other side of the hill? Photograph by Dr. James Fenton.

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Developments such as these could be seen as extremely damaging to the beauty of the natural landscape, according to Dr James Fenton.

Members of the Argyll and Lochaber Group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust were treated to a thought-provoking talk by ecologist Dr James Fenton recently on the subject of ‘The Loss of the Highland Landscape’.

Dr Fenton said we’ve all seen the iconic pictures of the Highland landscape, the snow-capped mountains, the Scots pine forests, the hill lochs and the coastal villages, but the tourist offices rarely show the scenes on the other side of the hills.

Blanket forestry, wind turbines, hydro schemes, ski runs, car parks and the tracks which service all of these developments can be extremely damaging to the beauty of the natural landscape.

While all have their positive side, it is vital, Dr Fenton suggested, that a great deal more thought is given to which areas should or should not be developed.

The next evening lecture will take place on Thursday February 13 at the
Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage, 6.45pm for 7pm. Dr Denise Risch will be speaking on ‘Sounds of the Minke Whale’. All are very welcome to join the group and enjoy the lecture, the lively chat and the home baking.

There will be a small charge which will be used to support the conservation work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Directions: Take the Dunbeg turning off the A85 and 200m later take a right
turn into Kirk Road, signposted to the marine laboratory; follow this road down to the lab. The car park is on the right, beyond the main building and visitors car-park.

Main caption: The beautiful Highland landscape, but what lies on the other side of the hill? Photograph by Dr James Fenton. NO_T05_LossOfHighlandLandscape.jpg