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Scots sketch peat protections

SNH guidance to help inform spatial frameworks for wind farms

Scots sketch peat protections image

Scottish Natural Heritage has produced the country’s first National Peat Plan, including the potential of restrictions on wind farms.

The watchdog’s blueprint provides for preservation and improvement for peatlands across the country and outlines increased protection.

“Renewables developments, particularly wind farms, have increased in number over recent years and require consideration,” said SNH.

Spatial frameworks being developed by local authorities will identify carbon-rich soils, deep peat and priority peatland habitats.

“These are afforded significant protection where effects on the qualities of these areas from wind farm development cannot be substantially overcome,” said SNH.

A national peat group will be formed to push elements of the plan forward with a work programme to be produced by year-end and an action plan before spring 2016.

A final map of carbon rich soils, deep peat and priority habitats is also imminent, building on the draft version already published and featuring in some local authority guidance.

The full report can be found here.

Image: the Flows national nature reserve in the far north of Scotland (SNH)

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