As a visitor to Findhorn, I can safely attest to its extraordinary beauty.
This article, plus the BBC News piece covering the same topic, highlights very plainly where and how much can be saved in a case where mediation is used, instead of costly litigation (or new laws having to be written). The mediation costing a reported £15k whereas a new bylaw would have cost £35k.
It also shows the passion of disputing groups when driven/inspired by their natural environment - "antis" as some folk call them vs the local shooting lobby vs those from the South to shoot game, all creating a situation ripe for a dispute.
It looks like the Wildfowling permit didn't take account properly these factions and so wasn't up to scratch (evident also by the low take-up). Wildfowling is an integral part of the Moray area but consideration of all parties was required and a sensible policy drawn up to serve the traditions and preservation of the area.
Ned Collier is a Marketing & Communications Manager at CEDR.
Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said he was confident that impartial mediation would provide the opportunity for honest and open-minded dialogue between the parties involved.