We have lost our Appeal to the Court of Session in Edinburgh, on the same grounds that the RSPB has lost an appeal against a windfarm, in the same week.... It's unclear yet if the RSPB will appeal to the Supreme Court, but we don't have the funds to do so... So we plan to deliver this petition in the next couple of weeks. Beyond that, all that is left to us is to camp out in front of the diggers! Anyone up for joining in, even for a night or two? Or bringing flasks of tea for the campers? I've never organised any such protest, but there's always a first time. All help welcome!
To: Perth and Kinross Council Planning Authority
Protect Scottish Wildcat from Industrial Activity
Create a planning condition preventing activity on Tullymurdoch Wind Farm during wildcat breeding season
Why is this important?
A wildcat is known to have bred on the proposed wind farm site at Tullymurdoch, near Alyth, Perthshire for the past 2 years. She is one of at most a couple of dozen 'pure' females left in existence, so giving her peace to breed this summer is crucial. BBC 'Countryfile' predicted the extinction of this species within 5 years.
Wildcats are a European Protected Species. It is illegal to destroy their breeding sites or habitats.
The wind farm has planning permission and some conditions have been set to protect wildcat. On a neighbouring site, Scottish Natural Heritage advised avoidance of any activity March-August. At Tullymurdoch, however, a spokesman said this would be 'the ideal' but 'this is a bigger development where there is more money at stake for the Developer, and as it is easier for constructors to work in the summer months we have not set the same condition.'
The Planning Authority is not obliged to restrict its conditions to those advised by Scottish Natural Heritage. In order to comply with the Law, we urge that the site, and the cable route, remain undisturbed until September 2017.
How it will be delivered