Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
April 20th, 2023 - Peter Cairns
A Zoom Presentation 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
"SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey"
Please join us as we welcome live from Scotland,
Peter Cairns, Executive Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, for his presentation "SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey".
It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forests stretched across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes were at home in extensive wetlands. Salmon and trout filled the rivers. Lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked wooded glades.
This presentation is a Zoom presentation with a special start time of 1:00 PM to account for the time difference.
Nature Speaks is free admission but registration is necessary.
The Library will send you a Zoom link as the even approaches.
Do not miss this stunning and important presentation.
Scotland is showing the world how it is done.
Today, although it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. Our large carnivores are all gone, our soils have become impoverished and across millions of acres,
a bare, denuded landscape supports very little life.
It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging where native woodlands regenerate at a landscape
scale; where damaged peatlands are restored; where rivers run freely and where oceans are full of life. This is the vision of a
wilder Scotland – a place where nature works, where wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people thrive.
Using stunning imagery created by the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture photography team, this presentation showcases the country's beauty and drama, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?
Peter Cairns has spent nearly three decades as a conservation photographer, videographer, nature tourism operator and environmental communicator. A long-time advocate for rewilding, Peter previously directed major conservation media initiatives such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION. Five years ago, he founded SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a charity that works to drive the recovery of nature across Scotland.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture mission & vision:
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture works to drive the recovery of nature across Scotland through rewilding, in response to the growing climate and biodiversity crises.
Our vision is of a vast network of rewilded land and water across Scotland, where wildlife flourishes and people thrive.