STAFF REPORTER
NATURE conservation group SEO/BirdLife yesterday appealed to the opposition Partido Popular and Majorcan Unionist parties in the Balearics, asking them not to support moves to have a golf course built on natural land at Son Bosc.

SEO/BirdLife said it wanted the opposition groups to use their “common sense” and not back proposals to have the golf course declared a project of “regional interest” during a Parliamentary vote being held today.

However, at the same time, the conservationists congratulated the Balearic government for extending the wildfowl protection zone already enjoyed by the adjacent nature reserve of Albufera. The land at Son Bosc also plays host to native species of flora and fauna.

The organisation pointed out that the planned golf course will destroy territory which is classified as being of “important ecological value” and which has already been earmarked for integration in the national “Red Natura 2000” nature protection network.

SEO/BirdLife said yesterday that current legislation dictates that the golf course can only be registered as a project of public interest if it is declared to be of prime importance by the Balearic government. “Son Bosc is no place for a golf course,” said SEO/BirdLife Director, Alejandro Sanchez.

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