A strong biodiversity
Investing millions in a neglected site
In light of the development of best practice guidance and principles with regard to Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and planning in the UK, the Coul Links team agreed to provide Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) with a summary of BNG proposed at Coul Links. Please click below to read that report.
Facts about our plans
The developers highlighted several environmental initiatives regarding invasive species management, remediation of a felled tree plantation, expansion of the habitat adjacent to the SSSI toward Embo as well as public access and education/information plans all of which will improve the environmental integrity of the site.
The developers noted the golf course will include 22.7 ha of
tees, fairways and greens of which 14.0 ha are within the SSSI, 8.7 are outside the SSSI. Further, the developers have committed to remediate a 5.7 ha felled tree plantation inside the SSSI which is environmentally compromised.
They have also committed to expand the habitat adjacent to the SSSI via the purchase, remediation and management of 14.3 ha near Embo which is currently the source of significant invasive species migration onto the SSSI. The net result of these efforts is to offset the 14.0 ha of golf course within the SSSI with 20.0 ha of environmentally improved habitat all under the proposed Site Management Plan.