Marine national park in the outer Hebrides

My family goes to the Isle of Barra every year. My great grandpa was the Chairman of scottish transport group a long time ago (Patrick Thomas). He visited Barra with my great Granny many times and they fell in love with the island and the people. They bought a little cottage at the very tip odf the island and 50 odd years later the wider family and us all still visit and stay there. For me and my brother and sister we love it now too. We love the peace, the stillness, the sands, the turquoise sea, the unique feeling the island has. Even in the short time we have been visiting therer have been changes. I would love to see the outer hebrides a bit more protected and ensure they are looked after for years to come as they are such special islands. They have a ceratin magic that isjust part of the islands and that is part of the landscape, the wildlife and of course the people. The island has become much more popular with tourists over the years which is great for the locals and the economy of the island but it would be great to protect what is so special. I am 11 and hope that for many year to come I can continue visiting Barra and the Hebrides in the knowledge that they are looked after. The water included with all its own wildlife. I have been looking into John Muir as a project for myself and I am also doing the first John Muir award too so I am very interested in helping our scottish environments and wildlife. Many thanks for reading Fraser Mort 11, Inverness

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by Frasermort on May 25, 2022 at 09:14AM

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  • Posted by camusfearna June 05, 2022 at 11:03

    Great comments Fraser. The Scottish Government will need to consider whether designating some or all of the Outer Hebrides a national park would be helpful or not (could drive substantially increased visitor pressures, for example) and whether the expense would be justified. There may be other approaches to protecting the environment and wildlife that don't require the bureaucracy of a national park, but this is the debate that has been started and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
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