Sites of Special Sporting Interest

““Construction of the new golf course [formerly known as Foveran Dunes SSSI] involved earthworks, planting of trees, greens and fairways, drainage, irrigation and grass planting,” states one of the reports released by Scottish Natural Heritage inspectors. “This has affected the natural morphology of the dunes and interfered with natural processes. Most of its important geomorphological features have been lost or reduced to fragments. Nearby marine terraces have also been reduced to fragments.”” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/29/donald-trump-golf-environment-sssi-damaged-broken-promises

The promised 6000 jobs haven’t materialised, nor the amenities. On the plus side, Highland Council has recently approved a similar golf course at Coul Links, a designated UK Site of Special Scientific Interest, European Special Protection Area & Ramsar international wetland.
We should wait to ‘see what happens’ and welcome further information to the evidence base. We should avoid drawing any parallels or prematurely concluding that short-term mercenary proposals always trump legal conservation protection.

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Nightingail

“The nightingale has suffered a 90% reduction in numbers over the past 40 years. … In an attempt to protect the nightingale, the Lodge Hill site [in Medway, Kent] … was named as an SSSI [Site of Special Scientific Interest] … [yet] Medway council prepared plans to build 5,000 homes at Lodge Hill.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/28/nightingale-population-government-drive-build-new-homes)

The stunning development will be called Silent Groves or Nightingale’s End. Advertising is expected along the lines ‘these homes must be seen to be believed’ and ‘only the last few remain’.