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Wind farms a risk to wildlife, says trust

Scotland's wildlife habitats are at risk from poorly planned wind farms which can cause as much damage as new housing developments, a leading conservation body warns today. The John Muir Trust has found that the construction of a large scale wind farm, with access roads and cabling trenches, can destroy an area of land the size of 69 international-sized football pitches.

Scotland'swildlife habitats are at risk from poorly planned wind farms which can cause as much damage as new housing developments, a leading conservation body warns today.

The John Muir Trust has found that the construction of a large scale wind farm, with access roads and cabling trenches, can destroy an area of land the size of 69 international-sized football pitches.

It adds that most wind farms in Scotland are being developed in sensitive upland habitats which it fears are at risk of being destroyed.

Helen McDade, trust head of policy, said: "Planning decisions on wind developments are currently being made on an ad hoc case by case basis. We urgently need a national strategy that will look at the cumulative impact of the thousands of new wind turbines that are proposed for Scotland and steer developers away from sensitive sites."

The Scottish Government said it was committed to approving "good projects, in the right places, in harmony with the environment".

Scotland's wildlife habitats are at risk from poorly planned wind farms which can cause as much damage as new housing developments, a leading conservation body warns today.

The John Muir Trust has found that the construction of a large scale wind farm, with access roads and cabling trenches, can destroy an area of land the size of 69 international-sized football pitches.

It adds that most wind farms in Scotland are being developed in sensitive upland habitats which it fears are at risk of being destroyed.

Helen McDade, trust head of policy, said: "Planning decisions on wind developments are currently being made on an ad hoc case by case basis. We urgently need a national strategy that will look at the cumulative impact of the thousands of new wind turbines that are proposed for Scotland and steer developers away from sensitive sites."

The Scottish Government said it was committed to approving "good projects, in the right places, in harmony with the environment".


Source: http://www.theherald.co.uk/...

DEC 11 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/18257-wind-farms-a-risk-to-wildlife-says-trust
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