T In The Park 2015 under threat from nesting ospreys
The organisers of T In The Park have assured punters that this summer's festival will go ahead, despite a bizarre dispute over nesting ospreys seemingly threatening its future.
The festival is due to take place in the grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire this summer for the first time, but that is now in some jeopardy after ospreys, which are a 'schedule 1' protected species of bird, were found nesting on the site.
It is an offence to disturb a pair of breeding ospreys and tampering with any nest can result in six months in prison or a £5,000 fine. Police have already been called to visit the site by concerned locals.
Speaking to BBC News, a spokesman for DF Concerts, who organise the festival, said: "We can confirm that ospreys have returned to Strathallan, but the expert opinion of our ornithologist is that they have not yet nested. The RSPB believes that the previous nest is active and as such, close monitoring via the cherry picker has been removed and we will continue to liaise with the relevant organisations to ensure the protection of the birds."
They continued: "In the meantime, we'd also like to assure fans that the festival will go ahead. The decision on our planning application will still be made in May and we remain confident that the event will take place at Strathallan."
T In The Park takes place over the weekend of July 10th to 12th and is set to be headlined by The Libertines, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.