The campaign to protect Coul Links is important to me. I know the site and the thought of it becoming yet another golf course when it is so important for wildlife is abhorrent and, in many ways, sums up the ways in which wildlife is so often pushed aside in the modern age.
And I like the way that a group of NGOs has campaigned together to protect this site. Win or lose they have done the right thing.
I’ve featured stories about Coul Links on this blog regularly and have promoted the cause and given a little bit of my own money to help things along.
And so I am pleased to tell you that I have been able to boost the fighting fund for Coul Links by another means and there is now another £1000+ heading its way.
One of the features of the Crowdjustice crowdfunder platform is that unspent or surplus funds remain in the system and at the disposal of the case owner (for other cases feature on the Crowdjustice platform). Because the legal challenge that I took against Natural England over Walshaw Moor was successful, and our costs in winning the case were less than expected, in the last few days (these things take a long time) over £5,000 has been returned to my Crowdjustice client account.
I’ve agreed with Crowdjustice that £4,000 of that money will remain at my disposal for future cases – most likely, very likely, Wild Justice cases, but that £1,129.85 (roughly!) will be transferred to the Coul Links project to support the joint NGO campaign to try to protect this site. That money will appear on the ‘Help us to save Coul Links’ crowdjustice page soon but I thought I’d tell you now because it might encourage you to give a little bit more to the cause yourself over this last week before it closes.
The money that was donated to enable me to take a successful legal challenge against Natural England in order to protect a West Yorkshire wildlife site from development has now been recycled to help others to protect another wildlife site this time in northeast Scotland.