- Written by Administrator
- Category: Debates
- Published: 27 April 2012
As a result of bad planning a lochan in Aviemore could be tesco-ed needlessly destroying the home of the UK’s scarcest damselfly the northern damselfly (see Scottish Invertebrate News PDF).
BSCG is disappointed that our call to CNPA staff for a flawed planning paper to be withdrawn has been rejected .
The response by the CNPA to our call contained in a letter to senior CNPA staff fails to explain why CNPA planners have appeared to disregard guidelines on translocation that their own specialists have advised.
As reported on the front page of the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald (25 April) we have commented that:
“The translocation has to be demonstrated to be successful before the donor pond is destroyed and made into the Tesco car park. It is self evident that the existing donor lochan on the site must be safeguarded until several generations of the rarest species such as the northern damselfly have been proved to have successfully bred at any new pond”.
In our view the CNPA planners are unnecessarily pursuing a course of action which rides roughshod over the 2004 Nature Conservation Scotland Act. As the CNPAs adviser has made plain A translocation programme should follow the guidelines for translocating species as laid down by the JNCC “A Policy for Conservation”
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