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US news team visiting Trump dunes

Menie dunes [Pic: SWT]
Work on the dunes has caused heated debate

An American television news crew is due to visit the sand dunes where work has begun on Donald Trump's £1bn golf project in Aberdeenshire.

Donald Trump Jnr - the son of the American billionaire - was at the Menie estate, north of Aberdeen, to see the ground work start on Wednesday.

Now a crew from ABC's Nightline is expected to visit on Thursday.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) said it was important the programme was covering the story.

SWT's director of conservation, Jonny Hughes, said: "SWT has campaigned tirelessly to protect this important natural landscape from needless destruction.

"It is important that ABC's Nightline is coming to Aberdeenshire to see first-hand an inspiring Scottish coastal landscape."

The work that started this week includes the laying of special marram grass, earthwork and fencing.

'Incredible scrutiny'

Mr Trump Jnr told BBC Scotland: "We are trying to deliver the greatest golf course anywhere in the world, we believe we have the land to do that, we believe we have the team to do that.

"There have been a couple of detractors that don't want this to go forward. It's getting ridiculous and childish. We have been under incredible scrutiny. That will never be enough for some of the extremists."

Donald Trump Jnr
Donald Trump Jnr was at Menie for the start of the work

A masterplan for exactly what is planned at the estate is expected to be ready for submission in 2010.

The Tripping Up Trump group has warned it may take legal action over Tuesday's Aberdeenshire committee decision to approve the start of the work.

Efforts are being made by the Trump Organisation to buy a handful of properties on the site, but the owners have been refusing to sell up.

A council committee originally rejected the proposal for the development. The proposal was then called in by the Scottish government, and approved.

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