To: Perth and Kinross Council Planning Authority

Protect Scottish Wildcat from Industrial Activity

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

In person


Reasons for signing

  • Now is our last ditch chance to save this critically endangered PURE BRITISH WILDCAT. It is NOT a pet cat gone wild. It's been here since the last Ice Age, long before pet cats arrived! It's our last top predator, we can't let it go extinct!!
  • Extinction of a healthy species through loss of habitat is not good for the environment.
  • To protect this wonderful creature

Updates

2017-06-06 00:12:44 +0100

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!

2017-05-03 14:53:39 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-04-27 17:15:40 +0100

We now have the support of Scottish Wildlife Trust: an email was been sent from Bruce Wilson (SWT wildcat specialist) to the Planning Authority on 12th April 2017, asking for more stringent protection measures/ cessation of activity during the wildcat breeding season. To date, we are not aware of any response, however ....

2017-04-27 17:12:53 +0100

article in The Herald :

Claws for concern as wildcat ‘at risk’ from new wind farm
Campaigners fear seven-turbine site will disturb breeding season
The Herald - 21 Apr 2017 - JODY HARRISON

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-herald/20170421/281599535379549

2017-04-26 21:57:16 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-04-20 23:20:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-04-20 09:21:00 +0100

10 signatures reached

2017-04-18 16:59:36 +0100

We believe the survival of this iconic species should not be compromised because of the greed of a multinational company and the scramble to meet deadlines for subsidies