In a document now available on the Highland Council's e-planning file for the Morganti land development on Forres Road the RSPB state.
"RSPB Scotland has considered the above development and supporting documents but takes no view at present on the merits, or otherwise, of the proposals. We note that the development site has been allowed to naturalise into a relatively wild urban area comprising of mature trees, scrub and rough grassland. Such areas can be important habitats for local birds for breeding, feeding and roosting.
We recommend that a breeding bird survey is carried out and submitted prior to the determination of the application, to inform the layout and design of the development and the identification of measures to minimise and mitigate the effects on local bird populations.
Secondly, it would be desirable to retain and incorporate as many of the existing mature trees as possible into the development as habitat for both breeding and roosting birds. We would also welcome and support the inclusion in the landscaping proposals of native trees such as rowan, which would provide food for wintering and migrant birds."