Modern wind energy plant in rural scenery.
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I have been thinking about joining the newly revamped Scottish Wild Land Group for the last few months. A rash of new stories about the onward march of windfarms backed by their environmental apologists has spurred me into action.

This week alone there have been stories about:

  1. New plans to erect 59 turbines above Dufftown in the heart of whisky country.

  2. Both the UK and Scottish Government’s determination to push ahead with renewable (meaning more windfarms) energy. Why is it politicians seem to believe that windfarms are the only renewable option avaialble to us.

  3. The Peak District National Park Authority losing a court appeal to prevent plans for a windfarm just outside the park boundary that would have a significant visual impact within the national park.

I am not against the use of wind power, I think there are some great examples of where there siting has had minimal or no major impact on the local area. For example, the Scratby Sands Windfarm off the coast of Norfolk near Great Yarmouth. However, there are plenty of examples of inappropriate development that is scarring our countryside all in the name of the environment.

The SWLG seem to be an effective organisation in camapaignng to protect and conserve Scottish wild land. Summed up in the following four points from their website:

  • SWLG campaigns on the wider political issues

  • SWLG makes detailed contributions to national and local government proposals

  • SWLG responds to individual developments

  • SWLG believes in action – not reaction

  • As a member I hope I can play a part in furthering these aims.

    Recommended links:

    Scottish Wild Land Group

    Chris Townsend Blogpost on the SWLG 

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