What’s the problem?
This site is important for nature. Part of the proposed golf course is within the Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet Special Protection Area.
This area is designated partly because of its fragile network of sand dunes and the birds that shelter on lochans between the ridges. The dunes at Coul Links are particularly unusual because they form a complete undisturbed system from foredune to slacks.
The site is noted for important protected birds including terns, geese and waders, and a rich variety of plants. SSSIs are special sites that are designated as protected areas for good reason, and this protected status must be maintained.
Along with several other conservation charities, we are challenging the proposals to build an 18-hole golf course on the site. Here are just a few of the reasons why…