Published: 30/11/2013 08:00 - Updated: 29/11/2013 16:31

SNH sets stall against Strathy South wind farm

Written byGordon Calder

TurbineA PROPOSED 47 turbine wind farm at Strathy South in the heart of the Caithness and Sutherland Flow Country is being opposed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Its opposition is due to the potential impact the development would have on a range of bird species that are key features of the area. RSPB Scotland, which has also objected to the plan, welcomed the SNH decision.

In its objection SNH expressed concern the proposal could harm the rare blanket bog habitat of the Flows, designated under European and Scots law as a Special Area of Conservation and also may have an impact on rare species of birds.

Aedán Smith, head of planning for RSPB Scotland, said: “This objection from SNH really highlights just how sensitive this site is to wind farm development. SNH point out that without major changes and reductions in scale this proposal could cause unacceptable harm to no less than seven of Scotland’s most threatened bird species, including golden eagle, hen harrier and greenshank.

“Hopefully, SSE will now acknowledge this and abandon these proposals for this very sensitive and special place, right in the very heart of the internationally acclaimed Flow Country.”

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