March 4 (SeeNews) - Leading international peatland experts have called on Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing to reject the 39-turbine Strathy South wind farm in Sutherland, proposed by UK utility SSE Plc (LON:SSE).
An open letter, signed by professor Hans Joosten, secretary-general of the International Mire Conservation Group, has been sent to the minister, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland said today.
A public inquiry into the project located in the Flow Country area was completed in June 2015 and is now awaiting a decision by the Scottish government.
The letter highlights the global importance of the peatlands of the Flow Country for biodiversity, carbon storage and their unique landscape value, according to the announcement. The area is being considered as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site.
RSPB Scotland is vehemently opposing the proposal. There have also been objections from the Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Buglife, Plantlife Scotland and the John Muir Trust.
When SSE first submitted its Strathy South wind proposal in 2007 it was for a 77-turbine wind farm.