Castle Fraser Ponds (Map 64): These ponds and surrounding habitat is very important at a local level for dragonflies and damselflies, supporting 10 species including one nationally rare species. The corridor passes close by
Cluny Castle – a wetland site with wet woodland together with open water, fen and swamp. Good diversity of woodland and wetland plants, including a large population of common skullcap. The corridor passes close by
Development of a new power line in this area would have a negative impact on the local biodiversity and sensitive species, including swans, geese and birds of prey. In particular, Red Kite which have been introduced to the area only recently and whose population is not yet securely established and also Peregrine Falcons have a long established breeding colony at nearby Kemnay Quarry. The corridor also passes next to Castle Fraser Ponds which Aberdeenshire 2016 Local Development Plan describe thus: “These ponds and surrounding habitat are very important at a local level for dragonflies and damselflies, supporting 10 species including one nationally rare species”.
Monymusk has the largest bat colony in the North-East of Scotland.
It is clear from the science that magnetic fields from the new 400Kv line could adversely affect movement of insects, birds and bats.