To: Highland Council

Save Fonseca’s seed fly

Save Fonseca’s seed fly

Highland Council must do everything in their power to protect the habitat for this rare endemic fly that is dependent on the network of shifting dunes a large portion of which are now under threat from the proposed development of a golf course at Dornoch Firth

Why is this important?

Plans for a 236 hectare golf course near the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands could put one of Scotland’s rarest species at threat of global extinction. Fonseca’s seed fly is restricted globally to a short stretch of coast in northern Scotland. It is known from adjacent sites and the habitat is similar on the development site so the inference is that the fly should be there too. Its population is perilously small and is thought to be closely associated with Ragwort, Sow-thistle and the sand dune systems found in this area. The proposed golf course would destroy important habitat for this species and fragment the already fragile population. Stabilisation of the dunes and creation of fairways and greens will destroy the habitat for the species.

Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands with a global consequence

Reasons for signing

  • If there's one thing we don't need more of in Scotland it's golf courses. We had Trump building his on a so-called site of special scientific interest and now this. We need to protect this area.
  • We go to this area most years on a bird watching holiday. It's a wild desolate spot that should not be lost wildlife.
  • Golf courses appeal to a small minority of people compared with the attraction of wild open spaces, such as at Dornoch, that are free to all (including golfers !). This extremely rare invertebrate is emblematic of such conflicts of interest and deserves our support.


2016-07-29 20:17:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-17 16:08:56 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-07-14 11:01:39 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-07-13 17:53:59 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-07-13 15:16:23 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-07-13 14:26:19 +0100

10 signatures reached