ECOLOGIST James H C Fenton
A new Guide to Landscape  (November 2020) The Scottish Government is a signatory to the European Landscape Convention, a Council of Europe initiative, not a European Union one. However, the implications of this are not widely known. For example, Article 5 of the Conventions states that Each Party undertakes “to establish and implement landscape policies aimed at landscape protection, management and planning.” Scotland is often praised by the government and tourism bodies for its ‘fantastic scenery’, and the government certainly pays lip service to ensuring that this remains the case. But what happens on the ground often appears to belie this. It is as if politicians hold in their minds the Platonic ideal of the iconic Scottish landscape – but an ideal which has lost touch with reality [see page 35 of the guide]. If anything, the trends of landscape change are accelerating us further away from this ideal. But this does not have to be the case. There are many tools available to describe, assess and plan landscapes, although it would appear these are not widely known to the public at large. Hence I have produced a guide for the layman: Introduction to Landscape: A guide for the non-specialist to aid the understanding, assessment and future planning of rural landscapes, with a focus on Scotland There is currently a new momentum to take the conservation of the Scottish landscape seriously as evinced by the recent formation of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance. It is hoped that this guide will assist people with understanding landscape change and with planning our future landscapes, thus ensuring that cherished landscapes are looked after properly.
A View from Argyll James Fenton’s perspective on current conservation issues
*October 2019* James Fenton’s latst paper, first published online at 9 October 2019
WOODLAND OR OPEN GROUND? Scenarios for the persistence of woodland in the presence of grazing The Highlands of Scotland as an example
The Scottish Hills are Natural!From The Munro Journal March 2020 Note: My website address has changed to This is because after Brexit the .eu domain name is no longer valid.The old address Contact: James FentonPolldoranClachan SeilOBAN PA37 4TJScotland  All items on this site Copyright James HC Fenton © 2018 Items on this site may be copied, downloaded or printed for personal use but must not be used in any way for commercial gain. Website produced by James Fenton using Xara Web Designer
A modern upland landscape managed for timber and energy, The future of most of upland Scotland?
A modern intensive farmed landscape (above) has less visual appeal than a traditional landscape with smaller fields and field boundaries (below)
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