Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning


The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.


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Mountaineering Scotland - Conservation Strategy 2019

“Respecting Scotland’s Mountains” is Mountaineering Scotland’s vision for Scotland’s mountain environment and sets the overall policy framework for protecting landscape and wildlife while encouraging the development of a sustainable economy in fragile upland landscapes.

It is important to recognise that no part of the environment escapes the impact of human activity – we are inextricably part of it all. The wildlife and wild qualities that our members and supporters enjoy and appreciate are in the places where human activity touches more lightly on the land.

Mountaineering Scotland regards land generally lying beyond the limit of enclosed farmland as the area in which it may consider its conservation interventions in land management policy and practice. In addition, documented climbing crags are included if situated in lowland and coastal areas.

The Strategic Objectives address the most immediate and pressing impacts on: -

Mountaineering Practice e.g. access issues due to forestry and fencing, path erosion, climate change, and Mountaineering Enjoyment e.g. issues affecting the look and feel of the landscape, and the diversity and abundance of wildlife in the uplands

The strategic objectives fall into three areas:

1. Land use and Wildlife - We will consult, support and co-operate with others to achieve common aims in national landscape and wildlife conservation policies that encourage and balance land management, wildlife and wildness in a sustainable way.

2. Wild Land & Development Activity - We will seek to influence public opinion through campaigning and public debate where the qualities of wildness and wild land are potentially at risk.

3. Recreational Activity - We will promote opportunities for activity that aids conservation of the uplands and climbing crags, respecting the interests of others, taking care of the environment, and taking responsibility for actions.

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