Land use in Norway & Scotland
Comparing landscape history in Highland Scotland and SW Norway as an aid to landscape management
Photo © John Linnell/NINA
Update: A short illustrated article on the comparative landscape history of SW Norway and the Scottish Highlands, and the insights it provides for landscape management and biodiversity conservation, has recently been published in the proceedings of the Scottish Woodland History Conference Vol. 20, and can be downloaded here.
South West Norway and Highland Scotland are similar in climate, geology and landforms; but very different in population and land use. Dr. Duncan Halley was recently invited to give a talk at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on landscape history and landuse in South West Norway, and how this might inform discussion in Scotland.
The future of land management in Scotland is a subject of political debate in Scotland. Dr. Duncan Halley, who was born and raised in Scotland but has worked for NINA since 1993, was invited to give a talk at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on landscape history and landuse in South West Norway, and how this might inform discussion in Scotland. The region is closely similar in landforms and climate to the Scottish Highlands, but for historical reasons very different in landuse patterns and modern land cover.
The event was hosted by Rob Gibson MSP, and Nordic Horizons, an “informal group of Scottish professionals who want to raise the standard of knowledge and debate about life and policy in the Nordic nations”.
Contact: Duncan Halley
In this short interview Dr Duncan Halley of the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research outlines the history of deforestation and reforestation of SW Norway. Source: www.nordichorizons.org
You can also watch the full presentation in the video below.