Does Scotland really need another one?
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.