Fate of Coul Links now in the hands of Scottish Government

URGENT call to action

Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s national treasures and is designated as a SPA, Ramsar site and SSSI. Kate Bellew, our Senior Conservation Planner, explains why the fate of Coul Links is now in the hands of the Scottish Government and why we urgently need your to help.

This week, Highland Council voted to approve proposals for a golf course at Coul Links, against the advice of Council officials, SNH and numerous environmental groups.

If this shocking decision is allowed to go-ahead it would have terrible consequences for the natural environment. Once these unique habitats are lost, they cannot be replaced. This development would set a terrible precedent. If triple-protected Coul Links is allowed to be destroyed for a golf course – is anywhere safe from development?

Responsibility of Scottish Government

All is not lost. Because of the significance of the environmental impacts, it’s the Scottish Government’s responsibility to make the final decision. They have the power to step in and save Coul Links.

The decision goes completely against Scottish Government’s international environmental commitments, which make it clear that areas like these should be protected.

We are leading an e-action calling on the Scottish Government to step in and ensure that Scotland upholds its international environmental commitments. Scotland’s reputation depends on it.

We have only a few weeks to urge the Scottish Government to call-in the decision. Please take action today. Click here for our e-action.

This decision could have far reaching implications. You don’t have to live in Scotland to take part in this campaign.

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  • Thanks. I have received a positive response from 2 of my MSPs including the text of the email. I find it hard to believe another American developer could get another Scottish Council to agree after the disaster that was Trump. Nothing was built to the plans submitted and the hotel was never built, but the council passed retrospective plans to save face.

  • Hi Alex, it should have inserted what you wrote as a new paragraph in the pre-written email to your MSPs or Nicola Sturgeon. You then have a chance to  edit the whole email before sending, to add further personalisation, and to double check that your sentence makes sense in the context of the paragraphs around it.  Hope that helps! Email me at campaigns@rspb.org.uk if you have any further questions.

  • I completed the form, and added my personal comment. I then pressed create my email. I'm concerned that my personal comment will not be in the email, having read the instructions again.