Where Golden Eagles roam and Hen Harrier and Merlin soar, where Golden Plovers and their Pages wander across hauntingly beautiful stretches of vast wildness, where Black-Throated and Red-Throated Diver, Greenshank and not-so-Common Scoter come to raise their young in still silent pools, on one of the largest and most diverse blanket bogs on Mother Earth, this is the place that Scottish and Southern Energy has chosen to further destroy to build a wind farm.
2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, so it seems cruelly ironic that it is now that SSE pushes to put short term financial gains over the long term welfare of the nationally and internationally important habitat that is the Flow Country. Currently being considered for status as a World Heritage Site, the Flow Country is arguably the biggest jewel in the crown of Scotland’s natural heritage. Over 400 million tonnes of carbon are stored beneath the bog, well over double the amount of all of the UK’s forests, and all the iconic endangered species I mention above rely on this place to raise their young.
Wind farms are supposed to produce ‘green energy’, but the energy produced by this project might as well come from coal, gas or oil, the impact it could have on an already fragile and damaged landscape and imperilled wildlife would be disastrous and set a horrendous precedent. The proposed site has already been damaged by previous reckless efforts in the name of short term financial gain by planting forestry, now virtually worthless. This wasteful destruction could be put right by restoring the forestry to bog, as has already been done in many places by the hard work of the RSPB. Much of this important work is done by volunteers, and I proudly count myself among them.
Quite apart from the fact that the very bog that could be restored from this site would be worth far more in terms of reducing our carbon footprint than any wind farm and that further destruction would be adding insult to already senseless injury of this landscape, the danger the turbines would pose, through potential for collision, to iconic and beautiful species such as the golden eagle is completely unacceptable. SSE claims such damage can be ‘mitigated’, such rhetoric is often thrown around for the sake of green wash, these birds are irreplaceable, knowingly putting them in any danger whatsoever is unforgivable, full stop.
Please show your concern for this internationally important landscape by emailing your objections to the proposals to the Scottish Government’s energy consent unit at email@example.com and please copy to Highland Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The site is called Strathy South, more information can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/353694-rspb-scotland-set-to-object-to-a-damaging-wind-farm-proposal-threatening-the-flow-countryTag