A review of the social, economic and environmental benefits of wild land in Scotland (2015-2016)


Wild Land image

The purpose of this study was to determine what economic, environmental and social benefits and constraints are associated with Scotland’s wild land areas. The study comprised three parts:

  • A review and update of previous studies of wild land
  • Development of an ecosystems-based assessment framework
  • Analysis of ten case studies

The work was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage and completed in collaboration with SRUC and the Wild Land Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Staff at CMS collected the case study data, conducting semi-structured interviews with a mixed sample of local stakeholders and administering an online participatory mapping exercise where stakeholders were asked to identify areas important for ecosystem service provision in each case study.

Final Report

For more information, contact Dr Rosalind Bryce.