Join the fight to save Coul Links

by Butterfly Conservation in Embo, Scotland, United Kingdom

Join the fight to save Coul Links
We did it
On 25th February 2019 we successfully raised £13,503 with 604 supporters in 28 days

Help stop this beautiful landscape from being destroyed by a golf course.

by Butterfly Conservation in Embo, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Thank you to everyone that has donated so far, we are truly amazed at your generosity. It is vital we protect places like Coul Links from development, this beautiful site offers a haven for threatened wildlife and must be preserved. 

Your continuing donations will not just help make the strongest possible case at the Inquiry, they will help in the following months when the focus changes to Scottish Ministers, who will make the final decision.

Many other sites are also threatened, and our work continues, with your support.

Coul Links, an unspoilt dune system wilderness, lies in East Sutherland and is home to an astonishing variety of rare wildlife. But, plans to build a golf course on this precious landscape will destroy much needed habitats and threaten the butterflies, moths and other species that live there.

Donate today to join the fight to protect Coul Links. 

This site supports one of the largest colonies of Northern Brown Argus butterfly in the UK. It also provides shelter to a variety of rare butterflies and moths, including the Small Blue, Portland Moth and Lyme Grass moth and is home to a wide range of other threatened plants and animals including Cuckoo, Fonseca’s seed fly and Juniper.

Following a campaign by locals and environmental groups, including Butterfly Conservation, the planning application for the golf course will be examined at a Public Inquiry that begins on 26 February 2019 and will run for three to four weeks.

We urgently need your help to make the strongest possible case to protect Coul Links.

As part of the Coul Links Conservation Coalition, we will be giving evidence on the importance of the dunes for butterflies and moths, alongside our partner organisations. We will need to contribute to the legal costs for the overall case for the Coalition. Preparing our case for this takes up a huge amount of time and resources, and the Public Inquiry date is now only four weeks away.

Please consider making a donation to protect this valuable landscape.

This site is protected on an international, European and UK level and we cannot allow it to be lost. US President Donald Trump’s golf course near Aberdeen has damaged the ‘protected’ sand dunes so much that they will lose their conservation status. We must ensure this does not happen to Coul Links.

Dr Mark Young, a retired Zoology lecturer from Aberdeen University, ex trustee of Butterfly Conservation and author of over 200 research papers will present evidence on our behalf, we need your help to ensure we have the strongest possible case to present at the four-week inquiry.

If we lose this fight it sets a dangerous precedent, and no site is safe. Please donate today, to protect Coul Links and other sites that provide much needed sanctuary for our wildlife.

The Coul Links Conservation Coalition consists of seven organisations working to save this internationally important site: Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, Marine Conservation Society, National Trust for Scotland, Plantlife, RSPB, and Scottish Wildlife Trust. The Coalition is also working closely with the local campaign ‘Not Coul’.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary postcard

We will send you a beautiful Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary postcard to say thank you.

£50 or more

Find out more about Coul Links

You will receive an information pack on Coul Links and the butterflies and moths of Scotland.

£250 or more

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Get involved in Scotland

Take part in a field trip to find out more about the butterflies and moths in the Scottish Highlands. Date to be confirmed. (Travel costs not included)

£500 or more

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Visit Coul Links

See this beautiful landscape for yourself with one of our experts. The date for the visit will be confirmed at a later date to ensure you see the best variety of wildlife. (Travel costs not included)

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