Despite its beauty and drama, Scotland has become a nature-depleted nation. Many species that were once prolific now teeter on the edge; others, such as wolves, lynx and elk, have been hunted to extinction. Centuries of ecological decline have led the complex living systems, upon which we all depend, to falter, and now climate breakdown is knocking on Scotland’s door.
It doesn't have to be this way. At The European Nature Trust, we are determined to turn this around, and we work with local partners to reinvigorate Scotland’s natural systems.
We Support SCOTLAND: The Big Picture In Their Rewilding Mission
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture (SBP) and The European Nature Trust share a vision of a vast network of rewilded land and water across Scotland, where wildlife flourishes and people thrive.
SBP is working to drive support for rewilding and in partnership with a diverse range of land partners, to commit more land and water to nature recovery across Scotland. SBP is also committed to return native species lost from the Scottish landscape. In partnership with land managers and like-minded organisations, SBP has embarked on an ambitious mission to reintroduce a breeding population of Eurasian cranes to the Cairngorms National Park and is working to build consensus around the potential afforded by restoring lynx to Scotland’s forests.
SBP realises that the future of Scotland’s ecological recovery rests with a change in people’s mindsets. Like TENT, it is working to drive engagement, foster support and understanding of rewilding’s benefits across the community, as well as our ecosystems. The organisation develops nature-based businesses to establish rewilding as a legitimate and economically viable land use in Scotland.
SBP established Scotland’s first rewilding network, now with more than 40 land partners
As the only organisation advocating for rewilding across Scotland, SBP has played a significant role in changing societal mindset and public policy
SBP was a founding partner of the Scottish Rewilding Alliance, a coalition of more than 25 organisations establishing Scotland as the world’s first Rewilding Nation
SBP have spearheaded the educational media campaign Riverwoods
"TENT’s commitment to nature recovery across Scotland spans two decades and we’re proud to have supported their journey, and grateful to them for supporting ours"
Peter Cairns Director, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
Play your role in the recovery of Scotland’s ecosystems:
By visiting Alladale Wilderness Reserve, you can engage with the movement to restore the Highland ecosystem. Watch red squirrels, ptarmigan and golden eagles; explore Alladale’s pioneering restoration efforts; and reconnect with true nature.