The Wolf In Scotland
Myth and superstition surround a lot of animals, but very few animals over the centuries have suffered as much vilification as the wolf. We all grew up with fairytales like 'Little Red Riding Hood', and its villain, the big bad Wolf. We've had the story of the Wolf in sheep's clothing, the boy who cried Wolf. And in the 20th century, werewolves have proved hugely fascinating for fiction writers and movie directors alike.
It's fair to say that mankind's relationship with wolves over the centuries has been "turbulent". In Ireland, the last Wolf was reportedly killed in 1786, near Mount Leinster in County Carlow. But to hear the wonderful call of the wild world today, you would have to travel a lot further than Ireland.
Wolf - Spirit of the Wild
If you click on the above link, you'll be able to listen back to Eric Dempsey's 2004 documentary Wolf: Spirit Of The Wild.
In Scotland, official records indicate that the last wolf was killed almost 100 years earlier, by Sir Ewan Cameron in 1680 in Killiecrankie, in Perthshire.
However, if our next guest has his way, they will be back very soon, roaming freely around his land. And Paul Lister man has a lot of land - 23,000 acres, in fact!
He tells us why he wants to reintroduced wolves back into Scotland...
One body who’re not so keen on Paul’s plans to reintroduce wolves to his Alladale Wilderness Reserve are Ramblers Scotland, who work to promote walking and safeguard public access to land in Scotland. Helen Todd is Campaigns and Policy Manager with Ramblers Scotland, and she also joins us to tell us about their objections...
The organisation that Paul founded is called The European Nature Trust. It was set up in 2001 to help preserve and restore the last remaining areas of wilderness and degraded habitats in Europe - for more information, visit www.theeuropeannaturetrust.com.
And to find out more about the Ramblers Scotland's view on the reintroduction of native species, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/scotland.