Meetings

DCC meet on the last Thursday of every 2nd month. Our meetings are currently taking place online. Please email secretary@dunaddcc.org for joining instructions. Minutes of all our meetings can be found in the “meetings” section above.

Future meeting dates –

  • 28th July 2022
  • 29th September 2022
  • 24th November 2022
  • 26th January 2023
  • 30th March 2023
  • 25th May 2023 (including AGM)

New Woodland Formation

Please find below some information regarding a new woodland creation proposal for land in Kilmichael Glassery. Please email any comments to be my 29th July – secretary@dunaddcc.org

Dear Stakeholder

We are in the process of designing a new woodland creation proposal for land in Kilmichael Glassary, 7.5km north of Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute. The initial design concept is to add to the extensive existing woodlands by planting a diverse range of productive broadleaves, accented by pockets of native broadleaves.

This work is being performed by Highfield Forestry Limited on behalf of the landowner.

As part of our due diligence for this proposal, we are required to contact all stakeholders and give them an opportunity to comment on the proposals. All responses to this consultation are recorded in a consultation log that forms part of the application and will only be shared with Scottish Forestry. Personal information will not be included in this log unless you have given us permission to do so in any correspondence we receive.

Highfield Forestry Limited will only store your information in connection with this proposal, it will not be used for any other purpose nor shared with any other parties without your prior consent.

Location and Background

The project will seek to establish approximately 7.4 ha of new woodland in the grounds of Kirnan Estate, on the southeast facing aspect of Cnoc Fiaclach.

Current Land-use and Soils

The land is semi-improved and has been used for grazing of livestock, some of which has been fallow for several years and has reverted to meadow. The soils are classified as brown soils and range from well drained, to impeded drainage.

Main Objectives

The intention is to add to the existing Ancient Semi-Natural Woodlands and productive woodlands, improving ecological variety, and diversifying timber crops.

Desktop and walkover surveys have been used to create the initial design concept identifying suitable species, important wildlife habitats or other sensitives within the area. The outcome of these surveys has been used to create a woodland that does not significantly impact the existing environment and enhances the hillside landscape and amenity value.

Low impact mounding techniques will be used to cultivate the soil which minimises any potential for soil run-off. This gives the tree the best opportunity to successfully establish under optimal conditions by improving drainage and soil temperature.

It is proposed to protect the trees from browsing using new sections of deer fencing and vole guards. This will have a minimal visual impact compared with using protective tree tubes and will reduce the likelihood of unnecessary plastic entering the environment. Public access requirements will be maintained at all times.

Planting will be done by hand and may require chemical weeding through the establishment phase. This will be spot applied to reduce risk of runoff.

All work will be done according to best practice guidance laid out in the UK Forestry Standard.

Conservation

There are no known designated protected areas. A search of the National Biodiversity Network atlas showed that small pearl-bordered fritillary, marsh fritillary and small heath butterflies, all of which are BAP species, are within 5km of the site. Further information on these species will be required to assess their presence and the planting design will be modified accordingly to the findings.

All these species will be protected in accordance with good practice as set out in the UK Forestry Standard. Appropriate action will be taken if sensitive areas are identified.

Archaeology

There are no scheduled monuments, unscheduled monuments, or Canmore points within or related to the site. If any archaeological discoveries are made during operations, the relevant authority will be contacted. Kirnan House itself is a designated as a Canmore feature, however, is well outside of the operational area.

Summary

As a stakeholder you are invited to review the details given in the letter and the enclosed Concept Map. At this stage no final decisions have been made about the plan, so we welcome any opinions, suggestions, or additional information about features of interest we have not yet identified. The concept map will be adjusted and modified with input from this consultation.

Eredine Wind Farm

Please find below some information regarding Eredine Wind Farm. Comments should be submitted by 19th July. There will be an exhibition and we will publish these dates when we receive them. Thank you.

RWE’s request for a Scoping Opinion to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for the proposed Eredine wind farm can now be viewed online.

Documents can be viewed at the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website www.energyconsents.scot by:

–  clicking on Search tab; then,

–  clicking on Simple Search tab; then,

–  typing Eredine into the Search by Project Name box then clicking on Go; then,

–  clicking on ECU00004517 and then clicking on the Documents tab. Please note that the Scoping Report may be on the second page of documents.

Planning Applications

Please see below two planning applications that have been published on the weekly list dated 17th June 2022. The 2nd link is for four houses.

22/00460/PP | Erection of dwellinghouse, installation of sewage treatment plant and formation of vehicular access | Plot 2 Torran Farm Ford Argyll And Bute (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

22/00838/PP | Erection of 4 dwellinghouses, installation of private sewage treatement tank, formation of vehicular access and upgrade to existing access | Land North Of Inverliever Lodge Ford Lochgilphead Argyll And Bute PA31 8RH (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Lynx to Scotland

Vincent Wildlife Trust are hosting an event in Kilmartin Parish Church on Friday 19th November 18.50-21.00

Details of the event and the link to register (it is free) are below.

The Lynx to Scotland study seeks to investigate the social feasibility of the potential for lynx reintroduction to Scotland. It was conceived by Trees For Life and Scotland: The Big Picture, who approached Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) to objectively undertake the work. The study aims to engage with stakeholders and communities in the Cairngorms and Argyll to explore the potential opportunities and challenges associated with living with lynx. The study is not attached to a proposal to reintroduce lynx; it is an exploratory exercise to inform the conversation, and to provide some baseline information from which a decision can be made as to whether feasibility should be further investigated. This session will be hosted by VWT. We will share information on who we are, the study, the lynx, and share some of the results of our investigation with stakeholders. This will be followed by facilitated discussion for you to share your views and comment on what you have heard – it is about information exchange and learning. Tea and coffee (and biscuits) will be provided!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lynx-to-scotland-tickets-198207894147