Travellers’ site has “damaged” conservation area

Caravan site in St Cyrus. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.
Caravan site in St Cyrus. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

Construction of a travellers’ caravan site near St Cyrus National Nature Reserve has “damaged” an area of conservation.

The grassland, which is on an embankment at the back of the field where the caravan site is being built, is considered an area of special protection and is home to breeding birds, butterflies and moths.

Ewan Lawrie, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) operations officer for the area, said: “We were contacted by members of the public about works near St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. It appears that part of these works have damaged some of the grassland which is a feature of the St Cyrus and Kinnnaber Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).”

SSSIs are important areas of land and water that the SNH considers to best represent Scotland’s natural heritage.

Mr Lawrie added: “Parts of the works in St Cyrus that impinge on the SSSI were done without consent from SNH. We have reported it to the police for further investigation.”

Police said enquires are ongoing.