SNH has chosen not to object to the proposed Beinn Mhor Wind Farm built within view of Glen Affric’s Natural Nature Reserve and adjacent to the heritage village of Tomich. May we remind SNH of their assessment of the qualities of an NNR:
National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are some of Scotland’s crown jewels for wildlife and scenery. They are the most magical and inspiring places where you can experience the incredible sights and sounds of our natural world. These reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes, including many rare species and habitats of international importance.
They are not the place for an Industrial Wind Factory
SNH’s job is to protect Scotland’s Natural Heritage. It is for others to challenge that protection if they so wish. Is their obeisance of their masters, The Scottish Ministers, so complete that they have forgotten their Prime Objective? To protect our National Heritage, our wildlife and landscapes, our scenic areas of international importance. Tourism thrives on such landscapes and scenery and the economy of these remote areas relies on that Tourism. If SNH fails to protect our back yards then it fails to have a purpose and should be disbanded with all their staff dismissed. Now that might concentrate their minds on what we, the people, pay them to do. Scottish Ministers have no money of their own. It is our cash and we should hold them to account to US!
Now the Scottish Minister is announcing protection for National Parks, NSAs and NNRs but what remains unclear is that these areas rely on the veiws of the surrounding hinterland and protection must include a zero tolerance of visual impact from all areas of the NNR/NSA/National Park, including from their highest points. Only this will prove if the Minister is seriously engaging with the concerns of those concerned citizens or whether this is no more than political spin. To this date no wind farms have been built in National Parks, NNRs or NSAs in Scotland. Other parts of the UK, such as the Brecon Beacons have been rather less protected.