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Fonseca's seed fly

Plans for a golf course near the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands could put one of Scotland’s rarest species at threat of extinction. Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is asking people to object to the plans and calls upon Highland Council to do everything within its power to protect Fonseca’s seed fly and its home from development.

Fonseca’s seed fly is one of the UK’s rarest endemic invertebrates, restricted globally to a short stretch of coast in northern Scotland. This species is found at Coul Links within the proposed golf course where its population is perilously small. It is thought to be closely associated with Ragwort, Sow-thistle and the sand dune systems found in this area. Stabilisation of the dunes and creation of fairways and greens for the proposed golf course will destroy the habitat for the species and further fragment the already fragile population.

Buglife, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, RSPB Scotland, Marine Conservation Society Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Plantlife Scotland have come together to campaign against this proposal to build a golf course at Coul Links in East Sutherland.

There are lots of ways that you can help our campaign.

Please make your voice heard NOW by commenting on the development plans on the Highland Council website. You’ll need to register on the website to make a comment.

If you live in the Highland Council area, you can also help to save Coul Links by writing to your local Councillor expressing your concerns about the development.

If you live in Scotland, you can write to your regional and consistuency MSPs expressing your concerns.

You can also write to express your concerns to Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing.

You can also sign these petitions against the proposals:

Save Fonseca’s seed fly

Protect Coul Links SSSI for nature not permit destruction for golf

Demand that Todd Warnock cancels his plans to build a golf course on Coul Links

For more information take a look at the Not Coul website or contact

(c) Jamie MacKay

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