In June 2022, a Proposal of Application Notice for an 18-hole golf course on the protected dunes of Coul Links was submitted to The Highland Council. This comes just two years after the Scottish Government turned down a previous application because of the damage it would have caused to nationally and internationally protected sites for nature. Buglife continues to work with our partners on the Save Coul Links Conservation Coalition to secure the future of this important site for invertebrates.
Update September 2023: The Coul Links application is currently awaiting consideration by Highland Council’s planning committee. (The application (23/00580/FUL), comments etc, can be viewed online.)
The Save Coul Links Conservation Coalition was formed by Buglife, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Marine Conservation Society, National Trust for Scotland, Plantlife, RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust to help save Coul Links – an internationally important wildlife site from the lasting damage that will occur if it is developed in to a golf course. We plan to present witnesses at the public inquiry that will outline the national and international environmental importance of Coul Links.