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To: Highland Council
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.