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Photo exhibition showcasing National Cycle Network wildlife on display in Edinburgh

Bird on a post

One of the many photos submitted to the competition

6 August 2018

A public photo exhibition, showcasing stunning images of wildlife and scenery on the National Cycle Network in Scotland has gone on show along the Union Canal in Edinburgh.

The free exhibition, which showcases submissions from photographers of all abilities as part of Sustrans Scotland’s Go Wild photography competition, will be displayed at Lochrin Basin until 30 August.  

Go Wild is part of Sustrans Scotland’s Greener Greenways project, which is part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, and aims to improve and enhance biodiversity on traffic-free sections of the Network that are home to a variety of animals and plant species.

The shortlisted photos range from a playful stoat to scenic shots highlighting breath-taking views along National Cycle Network routes in Scotland.

Sustrans Scotland Volunteers Coordinator, Laura White said: 

“We hope these photos will inspire and encourage more people to explore their local area by foot or bike, and enjoy the fantastic scenery and wildlife the National Cycle Network has to offer.”

“The National Cycle Network plays a vital role in supporting and promoting a wide variety of wildlife in Scotland and is a fantastic place for people to experience some of the rich biodiversity that Scotland has to offer.”

SNH’s Recreation and Access Officer, Caroline Fyfe said: 

“This fantastic, free exhibition showcases the work of people who have been inspired to grab a camera, get on a bike and capture stunning images of Scotland’s nature on the National Cycle Network, and we are thrilled with the results.

“With eight cycle routes across central Scotland, we are delighted to support the Greener Greenways project and hope it encourages even more communities to record, improve -  and above all enjoy - their local nature.”  

You can visit the exhibition at Lochrin Basin, EH3 9QD, along the Union Canal in Edinburgh during the month of August. 

There are approximately 2,371 miles (3,815 km) of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, including 644 miles of traffic-free routes which use a mix of railway path, canal towpath, forest road, shared-use path, segregated cycle lanes and re-determined rural footways. It plays a vital role in helping people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more every day journeys and can act as a green corridor for wildlife.

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