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Calls to Respect, Protect, Enjoy this Weekend

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Scotland’s natural environment agencies are teaming together and calling for people to respect our rural communities.

Nature Scot, Nature Forestry & Land Scotland, Scottish Water and others are banding together to encourage guests of Scotland’s iconic nature to respect its unique beauty.

They’re calling on people to remind themselves of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code just as the summer weather peaks.

Eileen Stuart, NatureScot’s Deputy Director for Nature & Climate Change, said: “Our National Nature Reserves have been extremely busy again this summer and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors and connecting with nature.  

“While we have experienced isolated incidents of anti-social behaviour and wildlife disturbance, we’re pleased to say that the vast majority of people are behaving responsibly as they enjoy their visits.  With a heatwave on the horizon, we hope that will continue as we head into the busiest part of the year.“

Adam Streeter-Smith, Outdoor Access Officer at the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: “We are looking forward to finer weather this weekend, which brings more people outside but also brings a greater fire risk. 

“Whether you are visiting for the first time or just enjoying the place where you live please don’t light campfires in the National Park, stick to a camping stove for your cooking and follow local advice for the area.”

The Outdoor code breaks down into three key elements, those are: respect the interests of other people, care for the environment and take responsibility for your own actions.

Keeping these in mind continues to let people enjoy their right to enjoy the outdoors with access onto farmland and the rest of the countryside.

Vicki Miller, Director of Marketing & Digital at VisitScotland, said: “We’ve seen a fantastic reaction to the Responsible Tourism campaign, both through VisitScotland’s own activity and our partners, since it was launched  in March as part of a Scotland-wide strategic and coordinated approach to visitor management.

“This work will continue and the message remains as important, to ask visitors to #RespectProtectEnjoy the outdoors and communities, right through the summer holidays to ensure our beautiful country is retained for others to enjoy.”

More information on keeping up with the outdoor access code can be found on: https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/practical-guide-all/walking

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