I don’t know if anyone has been watching the BBC Scotland series called “The Real Monarch of The Glen”? One of the beauties of digital TV (certainly Sky), is the ability to pick up all the regional variations of the BBC schedule.
The series is following the attempts by Paul Lister to “rewild” his Alladale estate in the Highlands of Scotland, which basically involves releasing wolves, bears, wild boar, lynx and elk back into the countryside – oh yes and fencing off tens of thousands of acres into the bargain – preventing access to walkers who have a right to roam in Scotland far in excess of anything in England and Wales.
So far the series has only shown the story from Lister’s point of view. Except for 2 seconds of Cameron McNeish’s dissenting voice on the first episode and nothing else since. There seems to be a lack of balance from the BBC here – which I am hoping will be addresses in future episodes.
Unfortunately, the more I watch the series, the more I find myself liking Lister and I certainly share his passion for bringing these species back to our highlands, but just can’t agree with the methods.
The fencing off of so much land can surely only return us to the bad old days of lairds and tennants and forced removals and the mass trespasses of the 60’s in Derbyshire and surrounds. No-one should be able to own so much land and prevent others from enjoying it. I’m not speaking politically, just morally.
I have no idea how far behind “real time” the series is running, but so far he has introduced wild boar into a 500 acre test enclosure and next appears to be the elk.