Does Scot­land re­ally need an­other one?

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A new pe­ti­tion against plans for an 18hole golf course in Scot­land, which would threaten 53 acres of in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant nat­u­ral dune habi­tats in the Loch Fleet SSSI, has gath­ered nearly 8,000 sig­na­tures—but it needs more.

The pro­posed course, at Coul Links, Suther­land, planned by American de­vel­oper Ban­don Dunes Golf Re­sort, would re­sult in wide-reach­ing dam­age, says 38 De­grees, threat­en­ing many species. There is also a risk that the golf course will com­pro­mise nat­u­ral sea de­fences and elim­i­nate species such as the north­ern brown ar­gus but­ter­fly.

SSSIS are ‘the es­sen­tial build­ing blocks of Scot­land’s pro­tected ar­eas for na­ture con­ser­va­tion,’ says Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage, with a ‘di­ver­sity of plants, an­i­mals and habi­tats, rocks and land­forms. It is an of­fence for any per­son to in­ten­tion­ally or reck­lessly dam­age the pro­tected nat­u­ral fea­tures of an SSSI’.

‘The con­cern is that en­vi­ron­men­tal laws are weak­en­ing fol­low­ing Brexit to lure profit, putting the Scot­tish coast­line un­der threat of be­com­ing a se­ries of golf cour­ses de­prived of wildlife and Na­ture,’ laments cam­paigner An­drew Weston.

If ap­proved, de­vel­op­ment will start in the spring. Visit https://you.38de­grees. org.uk/pe­ti­tions/con­serve-coul-links-for­na­ture-not-golf-1 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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