‘Destroyed’ dunes at Trump golf course set to lose protected status

Scotland’s nature watchdog has recommended that the dunes at Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort lose their protected status, after concluding that the US president’s golf course has "destroyed or severely modified" 23 hectares of semi-natural habitats.

In a statement issued today, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said it was launching a three-month consultation on the future status of the Foveran Links site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

SNH is recommending the removal of the dunes at Trump’s Menie Links golf course, which form part of the SSSI, from the protected wildlife site. It says that construction of the golf course has severely affected protected sand dunes. Trump’s representatives have slammed the decision, describing it as a “stitch-up”.

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