The Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) wish to speak with you if you are active or interested in local tourism and/or make use of the high quality environment we are blessed with.
The SUP has been working to promote the concept of nature-based tourism for several years. Some progress has been made, especially in Dumfries & Galloway where they have worked with Destination D&G and others to develop Wild Seasons - which has combined marketing of local wildlife-watching events with on-line promotion and some training for businesses and guides - see www.wildseasons.co.uk
They are now keen to see if this approach can be mirrored in the Scottish Borders.
A meeting is being organised for those interested in this topic for the 29th August - with venue to be confirmed.
The aim of the meeting would be to explain what has been achieved in Dumfries & Galloway and to determine what could be done to establish a similar project in the Borders.
In preparation for this, they have revisited the audit of nature-based attractions which was commissioned by them back in 2005. The list of sites identified at that time in the Borders is attached below. Whether or not you can make the meeting in August, it would be useful for them to have your views on what has changed in the intervening years!
The full report on nature-based tourism opportunities from 2005 is also available at www.sup.org.uk/publications and it is believed much of it is still very relevant.
Further details of the meeting will be made available soon.