Ben Nevis and Ardnamurchan suggested as possible new national parks

Ben Nevis, pictured, is one suggestion for a new national park area. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, Alba.photos NO-F24-Ben-View-03-
Ben Nevis, pictured, is one suggestion for a new national park area. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, Alba.photos NO-F24-Ben-View-03-

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Ben Nevis and Ardnamurchan are two of the possible areas being touted for national park status by new Highland Council leader Raymond Bremner.

Speaking last week, Councillor Bremner (SNP) said he would welcome an opportunity for a new national park in Highland after the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Minister Lorna Slater opened a debate on the issue last week.

Councillor Bremner believes the region is home to some of Scotland’s most unique and breath-taking landscape, which would benefit greatly from national park status.

‘Preserving and protecting the environment in Highland is more important now than ever, due to the threat posed by climate change. It is important we halt and reverse biodiversity loss by restoring nature and thereby address climate change.

Highland Council's new leader, Raymond Bremner, who thinks Ben Nevis and Ardnamurchan could be potential areas for new national park status. Highland-Council-Leader-Raymond-Bremner-mcp610e7.jpg
Highland Council’s new leader Raymond Bremner who thinks Ben Nevis and Ardnamurchan could be potential areas for new national park status.
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‘We have several areas here in Highland, which if better protected through national park status, could help us promote biodiversity, restore nature and become another vehicle with which to address the climate and ecological emergency, formally announced by the council in 2019.’

He added: ‘Areas like Ben Nevis, Ardnamurchan, South Skye, Glen Affric and Wester Ross would all be prime candidates for national park status due to their rich biodiversity and the many ways in which their unique ecology could assist in reducing the negative effects of climate change.’

Communities, groups and individuals are currently being invited to share their views in the consultation on the creation of Scotland’s first new national parks in almost 20 years.

Ministers have promised ‘at least one new national park in Scotland by the end of this parliamentary session in 2026’, with 10 areas in the running.

Opening the debate on Scotland’s national parks this week, Ms Slater, said national parks bring opportunities to showcase globally what Scotland is doing for nature restoration, addressing climate change, visitor management and a range of other issues.

She added: ‘Our parks are more important now than ever before. We are in the midst of the interlinked crises of climate change and biodiversity loss which require urgent action to keep our planet habitable. To keep our crops growing, our climate bearable, our ecosystems alive.’

 

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Ben Nevis is one suggestion for a new national park area. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, Alba.photos

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Highland Council’s new leader Raymond Bremner who thinks Ben Nevis and Ardnamurchan could be potential areas for new national park status.

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