It’s our duty to protect Strathdearn
The Campaign was launched in June 2014 and thanks to supporters some progress has been made to protect this much-loved Glen. Below is a brief description of Strathdearn followed by “The Story So Far.”
Strathdearn is the name of the upper Findhorn valley which runs from the Streens up to Coignafearn, in the heart of the Monadhliath Mountains. Locally it is affectionately known as “The Glen.”
It is a wild glen of differing landscapes and many moods – sometimes tranquil, sometimes brooding, sometimes furiously stormy – but always atmospheric and special. It’s not unusual to have several seasons’ weather in a single day.
Strathdearn is world-famous for its diverse bird population, especially raptors and waders and many thousands of bird watchers visit each year.
The upper reaches of the rock-strewn River Findhorn flow through a steep-sided glen with rapid run-off following heavy rain or fast snow-melt. It is famous for having the highest recorded spate flow of any river in the UK and is also well known for the bores – great walls of water – which speed downstream after heavy rain. The river and its tributaries are important breeding grounds for wild salmon and trout.
For those interested in plants, the Glen supports a wonderful variety, from colourful meadowland species on the river flats to dwarf montane species at the head of the Glen.
The numerous historic sites and rich social history of Strathdearn are fascinating. Stories of Dalarossie Church and its graveyard dating back to the eighth century, of the amazing achievements of the MacGillivray family from Garbole and the construction of the iconic Findhorn Viaduct are examples.
This is Strathdearn – a Highland Glen to be treasured. A place to be enjoyed now and protected for future generations to enjoy.
However, in November 2013 Scottish Hydro Electric-Transmission (SHE-T) announced a project which threatened to industrialise the Glen. It was a worrying time and some people felt there was no chance of such a major organisation changing its plans.
Undeterred, following some local meetings, Save Strathdearn Campaign was launched. The banners, leaflets, website and media coverage prompted hundreds of protests to SHE-T from residents and visitors – AND prompted a change to SHE-T’s plans!
The Story So Far.
“The Threat” describes SHE-T’s original plan and “The Alternative” gives details of the alternative site put forward by the Campaign. “A Compromise” briefly explains the current situation following SHE-T’s July 2015 update. For a more detailed update click on “News” to see the August Newsletter.