Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
Develop a Plan

We take an holistic approach to wild places, working to protect stunning landscapes and sensitive land from inappropriate development while promoting the return of native woodland and biodiversity. Restoring natural habitats and encouraging native species where appropriate are key aspects of the John Muir Trust‘s wild land management.

Our 28 wild land management standards start from the premise that everything depends on the geology and soil, and the biodiversity that lives on that. Then we build on that to handle the impacts on the land of grazing animals such as sheep and deer. Then come the people, visitors and communities that live on and engage with the land in a huge variety of ways.

Encompassing all this is the management plan, which should enable you as a land manager to see what you’re doing and why you’re doing it – an essential tool for anyone managing wild land.

Our standards have evolved over the years, shaped by our experiences managing our different properties. These encompass a variety of habitats – from native woodland and peat bog to machair, moorland, fell and commercial forestry. Some are remote, some well-trodden, some more suppressed through over-grazing than others.

The UK’s wild land is a valuable resource. We hope our wild land management standards can help it deliver its full potential for the benefit of all.

Please enjoy the site and feel free to get in touch to discuss anything.

Mike Daniels
Head of Land Management, John Muir Trust

John Muir

About the John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting, enhancing and connecting people to wild places. Over 25,000 members, supporters and partners contribute to our work.

We currently own and look after some of the finest wild areas in the UK including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, part of the Cuillin on Skye, Quinag in Assynt, part of the remote Knoydart peninsula and Glenridding in the Lake District.

We take our name and inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the influential, pioneering Scots-born American conservationist who was passionate about the wild. Muir dedicated his life to protecting wild places and he campaigned successfully for the establishment of National Parks to safeguard vast tracts of wild lands, such as Yosemite Valley in California.

Why have standards?

Our wild land management standards can provide a framework for land management that helps set aims and objectives, and guides action on the ground that accord with wild land principles.