Glenmore Campsite: Group of young people verbally abuse staff, kicks and litter at Scottish beauty site
Police were called after a group of young men, who were camping in Glenmore, behaved aggressively towards Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) staff on June 26.
It is understood that the youths kicked ducks, scooped up dead wood in ecologically designated areas, used an ax on trees and washed themselves in the nearby loch – which is also protected for environmental reasons.
According to FLS staff, residents of the surrounding area complained about the noise coming from the camp, the many garbage left behind, and the group’s fire – which was lit on peaty ground.
Footage from the scene shows several abandoned tents, plastic bags and bottles strewn on the ground, and chopped pieces of wood from a nearby tree.
Laura McNally, FLS Visitor Services Manager, said: “Situations like this can be very intimidating for our staff and I have to commend our team at Glenmore for handling this so professionally for three days.
“We spoke with the group of young men on Saturday to explain why they had to move their camp and clarify appropriate behaviors, but it fell on deaf ears and sparked abuse. A later engagement met the same answer.
“The Scottish Police were present and the group appeared to comply but simply moved their camp.
“We have also seen other groups demonstrate good behavior when they have to and we continue to work closely with our local law enforcement partners to learn from this event.
The weekend incident at the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) led FLS to ask for more public support to tackle anti-social behavior.
Ms McNally added: “The antisocial behavior of a small group can ruin a visit for everyone.
“It does, no matter where it happens. Our rangers will do what they can to handle a situation, but public support is vital, especially if the rangers are not in the area at the time. We encourage members of the public to call Police Scotland on 101 or use the online form.
“Concerted action raises the profile of incidents, provides Scottish Police with a detailed understanding of the issues and gives them the intelligence they need to mobilize their resources appropriately. “
Maree Morrison, Recreation Ranger for FLS at Glenmore, said: “We try to provide a really great experience for visitors, and we do that by providing advice and by ensuring public safety and the environment. This ensures that future visitors will be able to enjoy this beautiful region.
“We have a large number of staff on site this year to help visitors who may have never visited the area before, understand what ‘responsible access’ means.
“It’s such a beautiful area and some people just don’t understand what’s right and what’s wrong – we’ve had real success. We see our role as “here to help” and most of the time it’s a great job speaking to such a diverse crowd. “