Case study: nature conservation — a Scottish memoir
The Loch Lomond road runs tortuously northward from the Clydeside conurbation into the Scottish Highlands. Immortalized in song, the collective memory of the Highlands in many Scots is charged with the beauty of that drive deeper and deeper into the mountains. Lochside woods are resplendent in seasonal garb with vistas of tree-clad islets and distant peaks. Hamlets and cottages become fewer on the journey, and the far side of the loch bears little obvious sign of human influence. There is a distinct sense of having passed through a gateway from the man-made to the natural environment. The wide, spacious loch of the south becomes a narrow, profound fjord in the north, in which all sight of the Lowlands is lost. Loch Lomond is an important part of Scotland’s heritage and its designation as a national park has remained an unresolved issue for almost half a century.
KeywordsForestry Commission Conservation Movement British Ecological Society Scottish Natural Heritage Nature Conservancy Council
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