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New study highlights shame of rogue campers

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The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has released the findings of an interim survey on informal (wild) camping within its area – and has found that most informal campers pitch their tents within 50 metres of their cars close to public roads.

The survey, that aimed to find out about the various groups of camper, their attitudes, experience and behaviour, also found that most informal campers cite fishing as the main reason for their visit and only ten per cent said that they were there for social drinking.

Informal camping is relatively uncommon and centred on just a few sites. However, there is evidence of significant environmental damage and littering.

Disturbingly, only a fifth of those surveyed said that they would bury toilet waste and 25 per cent said that they would leave litter.

Most parties were shown to light a fire and, while many claimed to bring wood with them, others admitted damaging trees and vegetation.

Landowners draw a distinction between truly wild camping by backpackers, which they feel causes little problem, and roadside camping that they feel has significant nuisance value.

The main problems are seen to be environmental damage and anti-social behaviour, and the fact that they have to allocate significant resources to deal with the problem.

For information on responsible camping visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

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