Across the mountain biking community Scotland is known for its impressive trails and riding locations. As riders we often take these areas for granted and with the Scottish access rights riders can venture most places without issue provided they maintain a level of respect and responsibility for the land. It’s only in recent years that we’ve become fully aware of the degraded condition of the landscape around us. It might look pristine, wild and alive but the once rich landscape has had continued pressures and exploitation driving it’s biodiversity down….and down….and down. While those downs in the hills might be spectacular and exhilarating there’s a whole bigger situation playing out around us that is important to be aware of.
The Contour Collective took the opportunity to understand more about the rewilding efforts being made in the Cairngorm National Park while enjoying the riding and adventure it offers. This film explores the rewilding work amongst other topics with Chris Hutchens and Christo Gallagher gleaning more on the subject from Ronan Duggan an ecologist working on one of the estates spearheading the recovery of the Scottish Glens – Glen Feshie.
In the UK and within Scotland specifically current biodiversity, or lack of, highlights a real need for action to restore the lands to what they once were pre industrial ages. While Scotland ranks the highest out of the UK nations it remains 28th from the bottom in a recent study by the Natural History Museum comparing biodiversity intactness out of 240 countries included. There really is a long way to go however the Green Soldiers are part of the road to recovery and improving these landscapes.
This film was made possible thanks to Funn. Thanks to Ronan Duggan for taking the time to share his views on the rewilding efforts in the Cairngorms.
Ronan Duggan sharing his views on the rewilding efforts and leading the train down towards Glen Feshie.
For more information on the conservation projects mentioned the below links provide further details as a starting point.
This film was conceptualised and directed by The Contour Collective. Filming and Editing by Thomas Hogben and music by Loom. All images are by Douglas Somerville.
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