Scottish Ministers granted consent for this wind farm in April 2018. We are desperately disappointed with this decision.
The site of the proposed Strathy South 39-turbine wind farm is unsuitable for development due to the risk to the surrounding species & habitats.
Strathy South is right in the heart of the Flow Country, an area of incredible natural beauty and home to iconic, but threatened species like red-throated divers, hen harriers, greenshanks and the rare wood sandpiper.
The natural beauty of the Flow Country and its importance for wildlife has been recognised in its consideration for UNESCO World Heritage Status.
Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) has applied to the Scottish Government for consent for a 39-turbine wind farm at Strathy South. We studied this carefully and concluded that because of the risk to the surrounding species and habitats the site is unsuitable for wind farm development.
Our objection has been backed by the Highland Council but the final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers, following a public inquiry.
The area SSE wants to develop is a pocket of land which was forested in the 1980s, under a long abandoned policy of planting on peat bog. Today, much of the once forested land around Strathy has been returned to its former glory and all the areas surrounding the proposed development are designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA), Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar site.
The site should be restored to the healthy peatland habitat it once was to re-create an extensive open habitat, unspoilt by either trees or turbines.
Our objection has been backed by the Highland Council but the final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers, following a recent public inquiry at which RSPB has given evidence.