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Mountain windfarm decision attacked

Posted 6 January 2011
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Mountain windfarm decision attacked
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A decision to allow the construction of a windfarm in the Scottish Highlands has angered the John Muir Trust, which has been campaigning against it.

Those putting on their walking boots and heading for the part of the Monadhliath mountains near Dunmaglass will be confronted with 33 large windmills due to the Scottish Government approving the plan.

Head of policy for the John Muir Trust Helen McDade said: "This decision is yet another demonstration of the urgent need for greater protection of wild land."

She added the area is a "unique" area of upland in the UK and said the turbines could also threaten the local golden eagle population.

Those heading to the eastern highlands with their trekking poles may note part of the Mondahliath range does have some extra protection, the area in question being just west of the A9 in the Cairngorms National Park.

It includes Munros such as Carn Sgulain, Carn Dearg, Geal Charn and Beinn Udlamainn.
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