First-ever UK spaceport planned for protected wildlife area

Environmental groups say they will be closely monitoring the development of a UK spaceport on a Scottish peninsula protected by multiple wildlife designations

Artist impression of spaceport
An artist's impression of the spaceport in Sutherland

Environmental groups say they will be closely monitoring the development of a UK spaceport on a Scottish peninsula protected by multiple wildlife designations.

The UK Space Agency announced on 16 July that it wants to site the spaceport in Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland which is home to a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), a special protection area (SPA) and a special area of conservation (SAC).

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