Victorian artist Edward Landseer sealed this romantic, de-peopled vision of the Scottish wilderness for the popular imagination in his painting Monarch of the Glen in 1851, pictured in the National Gallery of Scotland. The majestic stag under fearsome, misty crags, is instantly recognisable but Landeer's vision of wilderness, like that of later Hollywood films and television, belies the reality that his view was in large part a man-made wilderness.
The UK rewilding movement draws together diverse groups with a long term vision for wilder cities and landscapes.
Scotland's forests cover 19% of it land surface, the highest of the four nations that comprise the United Kingdom, but as a whole the U.K. is one of the least forested in Europe at 13% compared to an average of 38% across the E.U. The Scottish Rewilding Alliance has called for the Scottish Government to declare the world's first Rewilding Nation before the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November 2021 with the aim to set aside 30% of land for rewilding by 2030.