Responding to today’s announcement regarding the de-notification of the Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) our Chief Executive Jo Pike said:
“As the Scottish Wildlife Trust and many others warned more than a decade ago, building Trump International Golf Links on a unique dune system has destroyed the dynamic nature that made it special. It is therefore wholly unsurprising that the area will lose its SSSI status.
“Coastal sand dunes are one of the world’s fastest disappearing habitats. Globally, they are rarer than rainforests. We should show international leadership here in Scotland by ensuring our remaining dune systems are well protected.
“Scottish Ministers can show that lessons have been learned from the destruction of Menie Links by putting a stop to plans for a golf course at Coul Links in Sutherland. This threatened site is a fragile network of wildlife-rich sand dunes which is also recognised as an internationally important wetland.”