MOUNTAINEERS have called for action to be taken against so-called “dirty campers” amid fears Scotland’s beauty spots are being spoiled. Culprits are said to leave rubbish, fire damage and even whole campsites in their wake.

Mountaineering Scotland is calling for a multi-agency approach to work with communities on local management solutions to the issue, along with a public information campaign to educate people about their responsibilities and rights.

The group says the problem of dirty camping became increasingly common in rural hotspots across the country this summer.

Mountaineering Scotland’s access and conservation officer Davie Black said: “Anti-social camping can and should be dealt with. Hotspots for dirty camping are usually known to local authorities.

“We call for all those who are concerned about this to come up with local management plans that identify the problem and its causes and identify the resources needed to tackle it. There is already legislation covering anti-social activity. What we need is coordination of resources to enforce it.”

Roadside campers, who sometimes leave behind plastic, glass, burned ground and even human waste, are among the worst offenders, according to Mountaineering Scotland.

The organisation’s chief executive officer, Stuart Younie, also warned that dirty camping is “ruining beauty spots”. He said: “We have seen a lot of camping this summer and it’s great to see people getting out to enjoy Scotland’s stunning scenery and the outdoor lifestyle, with all the health benefits it brings. But the downside has been the number of campers ruining beauty spots for visitors and those who live there.”

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