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Devastating visual impact of wind farms  

I am writing to hopefully make more local people aware of the effect that the construction of a wind turbine farm at Dorenell Hill on the Cabrach would mean.

The hill itself is set in an area of beautiful remote moorland, the like of which is disappearing at a steady rate. The area is truly remote and the habitat of much wildlife.

The effect that this or any other wind farm could have on wildlife and habitat is always a matter for much well reasoned argument; however, its devastating visual impact is beyond question.

Having studied carefully maps of the area the following is obvious. Dorenell Hill is 700 metres high. Each one of the proposed 79 turbines is 120 metres high, making a total height of 820 metres (2,317 feet), which would mean that when anyone climbing the impressive Corbett of Ben Rinnes (840 metres), some six miles away, would see and be on an eye level with these monsters.

The same for Creagan á Chaisc near Big O Brown, 13 miles away, and even Ben MacDui in the Cairngorms, some 27 miles away.

This will surely have a serious impact on tourism. What is the point for a walker/hill climber coming all the way to Moray or the Cairngorms to see a wind turbine at eye level or above them? – Yours etc,

Andrew Cameron, Chairman, SOS (Save Our Scenic) Moray, Dufftown

The Northern Scot

7 December 2007

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