Scottish land use from the air

Aerial photography by Richard Cross

Selection: Ormiston

Native

Native

Deuchny, Perthshire

Native woodlands were the dominant natural ecosystems in post-glacial Scotland, but they were lost mainly as a result of human action or neglect.

Plantations

Plantations

Corran, Lochaber

Woodland cover in Scotland is around 18% of the land area. Of this about 90% is timber plantations made up of Sitka spruce and other conifers.

Golf

Golf

Dunkeld, Perthshire

Scotland has around 580 golf courses. If each covers an average area of 45ha2 (111 acres2) for 18 holes this is a total area of 261 kilometres2 (101 miles2).

Lazy beds

Lazy beds

Huisinis, Isle of Harris

Lazy beds (Gaelic feannagan) are a method of cultivation introduced by the Vikings, their traces can be seen throughout the Highlands and islands.

Machair

Machair

Luskentyre , Isle of Harris

Machair is a Gaelic word meaning “fertile plain”. Found in the far north west it makes for good grazing for crofters and is home for many rare plants.

Worship

Worship

Galson, Isle of Lewis

Teampall nan Crò Naomh (Church of the Holy Blood) is a ruined 13th century chapel and a reminder of the relationship between religion and the landscape.