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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

Helping to drive transformational change towards a vast network of rewilded land & sea across Scotland

Together with fellow ERN member SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, the Living on the Edge project will help other ERN members on how best to communicate rewilding.
Wild Media Foundation

Scotland: The Big Picture

Scotland: The Big Picture
Rewilding is a bold vision to repair and restore Scotland’s ecosystems, returning them to good health so that wildlife can thrive and communities can flourish. This means thinking differently, thinking about the Big Picture.
Scotland: The Big Picture

Scotland: The Big Picture’s team of media professionals manage high-impact communications projects which inform and inspire. Fusing ecological science with visual storytelling, they aim to ignite fresh thinking around the benefits of a wilder Scotland. A team of passionate photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers, they are experienced in communicating with a mainstream audience using the power of visual storytelling to share their vision of rewilding.

The main aims of the project are to create better understanding of the ecological and social benefits of an expanded Scottish wild forest network connected by wildlife corridors, to see more land managers active in forest restoration, and to improve understanding of the role of natural processes and habitat connectivity in functioning living systems, including the beneficial effects of restoring key species in Scotland such as beavers and apex predators.

Project: SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
Region: Scotland
Aim and vision: It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched its fingers across much of the Scottish Highlands. Beavers and cranes found sanctuary in extensive wetlands; salmon and trout filled Scotland's rivers and lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked woodland glades. Today, all of our large carnivores have gone; most of our large herbivores have gone and across huge areas of Scotland, a bare degraded landscape persists that supports very little life – wild life or human life. Scotland has become an ecological shadow of its former self but it doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for Scotland’s future is slowly evolving; a vision that looks forward not back; a vision that would see native woodland regenerating at a landscape scale; a vision where damaged peatlands are restored, and rivers lined by alder and willow run freely; a vision that would see a wilder, revitalised landscape driven by natural processes, supporting a much broader range of wildlife than exists today. This is the vision of a wilder Scotland, one that benefits all life, including human life. Some people call this vision “rewilding” but we just call it good sense.
The ecological and social benefits of an expanded wild forest network, connected by wildlife corridors, are better understood and many more land managers are active in forest restoration. Improved understanding of the role of natural processes and habitat connectivity in functioning living systems, including the beneficial effects of restoring key species such as beavers and apex predators. Vibrant communities thriving on the back of a nature-based economy, which takes account of long-term ecological principles in everyday decision-making.
Uniqueness of the project: As a team of photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers, we are experienced in communicating with a mainstream audience using the power of visual storytelling. Coupled to that, our team are all knowledgeable naturalists and committed to the rewilding ethos.
Other activities: High-impact communications
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: To have contributed to a change in social and cultural mindset whereby the value of an ecologically restored Scottish landscape is widely recognised.
Results so far: So far we worked with various clients, some of them areThe Woodland Trust, RSPB, Rewilding Europe, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, John Muir Trust, Trees for Life, The European Nature Trust, Cairngorms Connect.
Inspirational value: Creating high impact communications to ignite fresh thinking around the benefits of rewilding.
Experience you would like to share: We would be happy to share our image resource and communications experience. Several of our team also have many years experience pioneering wildlife tourism enterprises across the UK.
Experience you would like to gain: Contact and perspectives from different parts of Europe and the opportunity to pursue key rewilding stories that are related to Scotland as they develop.
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Country
UK, Scotland
Start year
2015
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
Together with fellow ERN member SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, the Living on the Edge project will help other ERN members on how best to communicate rewilding.
Wild Media Foundation

Scotland: The Big Picture

Scotland: The Big Picture
Rewilding is a bold vision to repair and restore Scotland’s ecosystems, returning them to good health so that wildlife can thrive and communities can flourish. This means thinking differently, thinking about the Big Picture.
Scotland: The Big Picture

Scotland: The Big Picture’s team of media professionals manage high-impact communications projects which inform and inspire. Fusing ecological science with visual storytelling, they aim to ignite fresh thinking around the benefits of a wilder Scotland. A team of passionate photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers, they are experienced in communicating with a mainstream audience using the power of visual storytelling to share their vision of rewilding.

The main aims of the project are to create better understanding of the ecological and social benefits of an expanded Scottish wild forest network connected by wildlife corridors, to see more land managers active in forest restoration, and to improve understanding of the role of natural processes and habitat connectivity in functioning living systems, including the beneficial effects of restoring key species in Scotland such as beavers and apex predators.

Map
Country
UK, Scotland
Start year
2015
Specification
Project: SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
Region: Scotland
Description
Aim and vision: It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched its fingers across much of the Scottish Highlands. Beavers and cranes found sanctuary in extensive wetlands; salmon and trout filled Scotland's rivers and lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked woodland glades. Today, all of our large carnivores have gone; most of our large herbivores have gone and across huge areas of Scotland, a bare degraded landscape persists that supports very little life – wild life or human life. Scotland has become an ecological shadow of its former self but it doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for Scotland’s future is slowly evolving; a vision that looks forward not back; a vision that would see native woodland regenerating at a landscape scale; a vision where damaged peatlands are restored, and rivers lined by alder and willow run freely; a vision that would see a wilder, revitalised landscape driven by natural processes, supporting a much broader range of wildlife than exists today. This is the vision of a wilder Scotland, one that benefits all life, including human life. Some people call this vision “rewilding” but we just call it good sense.
The ecological and social benefits of an expanded wild forest network, connected by wildlife corridors, are better understood and many more land managers are active in forest restoration. Improved understanding of the role of natural processes and habitat connectivity in functioning living systems, including the beneficial effects of restoring key species such as beavers and apex predators. Vibrant communities thriving on the back of a nature-based economy, which takes account of long-term ecological principles in everyday decision-making.
Uniqueness of the project: As a team of photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers, we are experienced in communicating with a mainstream audience using the power of visual storytelling. Coupled to that, our team are all knowledgeable naturalists and committed to the rewilding ethos.
Other activities: High-impact communications
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: To have contributed to a change in social and cultural mindset whereby the value of an ecologically restored Scottish landscape is widely recognised.
Results so far: So far we worked with various clients, some of them areThe Woodland Trust, RSPB, Rewilding Europe, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, John Muir Trust, Trees for Life, The European Nature Trust, Cairngorms Connect.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Creating high impact communications to ignite fresh thinking around the benefits of rewilding.
Experience you would like to share: We would be happy to share our image resource and communications experience. Several of our team also have many years experience pioneering wildlife tourism enterprises across the UK.
Experience you would like to gain: Contact and perspectives from different parts of Europe and the opportunity to pursue key rewilding stories that are related to Scotland as they develop.
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