Welcoming the  swift unanimous decision by the CNPA board to refuse the controversial application by Muirhomes for   housing development on the Mossie  a BSCG spokesperson  commented  


“This decision  was responsible and commendable."  

On  the need to similarly safeguard other Strathspey sites  the spokesperson continued "There are a number of other housing proposals awaiting determination that would be seriously  harmful to  sensitive sites in Strathspey  The CNPA must now  likewise recognise the importance of these areas for the natural and cultural heritage of the national park."

As reported ahead of the planning meeting in the  Scotsman on 5 March 2010 BSCG  welcomed the wide ranging CNPA planning report for showing  " improved recognition" of  the special biodiversity interest of the Mossie. 

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Lapwing   at the Mossie - the lapwing is on the UK red list of birds of high conservation concern.(Photo taken on the Mossie © Tim Ransom.)

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The hopper Arthaladeus striifrons on the Mossie a first site for this species in Scotland. (© Tim Ransom).

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