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Scotland | Local council grants permit for golf course in one of country’s last natural dune areas

One of the last unspoilt coastal dunes in Scotland is under threat from plans for a championship golf course, which the developers say will be environmentally friendly. Coul Links, near Embo, Sutherland, north-east Scotland, is considered very special – a complete, undisturbed dune system, on a stunning coastline, that has a unique mosaic of habitats. The dunes are internationally recognised and a legally protected conservation area.

Many threatened plants grow there, such as the lesser butterfly orchid, coral root orchid, moonwort, and star of Bethlehem. There is also a rare colony of coastal juniper trees, plants that are rapidly disappearing in Scotland.


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