SWT Calls for a ‘natural highway’

Scotland’s leading conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is calling for the creation of a National Ecological Network to help the environment and wildlife withstand the effects of climate change.

This National Ecological Network, in effect a natural highway, would connect habitats - green spaces, rivers, lochs and other inland blue space - which would allow wildlife to move more easily across the landscape, decreasing the likelihood of species extinctions, increasing genetic exchange and thereby improving the resilience of the environment.

Head of Policy and Planning for Scottish Wildlife Trust, Dr. Maggie Keegan, said: “Global warming is making Scotland’s climate more unpredictable and we need to act now to help Scotland’s wildlife adapt.”