The proposed military site at Barry Buddon is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is protected due to its unique dune habitats, vascular plants, mosses, invertebrates and breeding birds.
The main criticism has been launched by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) highliting the recent plans to temporary lift the ban on lead shot for the Games. The ban was first put in place in 1990 to protect wildfowl and waterbirds from killing themselves by digesting the pellets.
According to the The Scotsman the Munich based International Shooting Sports Federation which governs the shooting events at the Commonwealth Games insists lead pellets must be used as other varieties could behave differently in the air.
The shooting is due to take place over 5 days in July this year during the breeding bird season causing potential disruption to the birds breeding season.
The Scottish Government has suggested the use of a permeable membrane allowing water and air to pass through and the pellets to be later collected, however the EIA highlighted the pellets left are very similar looking to feed pellets and could be easily mistaken.
The National Trust for Scotland mentions within the EIA's consultation response “Without far greater detail on the type of covering and a better understanding of the risks of habitat loss or effectiveness in protecting against water contamination in laying and removing this covering, it is not possible for us to give a reasoned answer as to why this event should be allowed to take place over a wetland.”
It added: “A further risk lies in the ingestion of lead pellets during the period the membrane is in situ. The pellet is easily mistaken for grain or grit.”
It also mentioned: “We would urge the Scottish Government in future to ensure that one of the legacies of hosting a major event is that it does not override our environmental protection laws and risk the sanctuary of the habitats in its footprint.”
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Source: The Scotsman- Tom Peterkin