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Anti windfarm campaigners have spoken of their horror that an osprey may have been killed by a turbine at Moy, south of Inverness. The male osprey was found injured a fortnight ago at the base of a giant tower and later put down by a vet due to the extent of its wounds.
The planned £2bn Neart na Gaoithe wind farm had been offered a Contract for Difference (CfD) from the UK government guaranteeing price support for the power it generates. However, it emerged today that the offer of the subsidy contract was withdrawn in March after the project missed a crucial deadline due to an ongoing legal challenge by the RSPB over the threat the farm may pose to seabird populations.
The construction of a wind farm in Sutherland led to an 80% drop in the number of golden plovers in the area, according to a five-year study. Scientists have now said their research project should be used as the basis for future studies on the effects of wind farms on other bird species.
The study, due to be published in Ibis, reports that numbers of the plover, which are protected under the European Birds Directive, dropped by 80 per cent within the wind farm during the first two years of operation, with these declines being markedly greater than on areas surrounding the wind farm that were studied over the same period.
Both bird watchers and politicians are rejoicing at the cancellation of plans for 350 large wind turbines within the view of Sejerø’s picturesque coastline.
"The effects of an industrial wind power plant on this valuable biotope are immense," says Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, sole director of the German Wildlife Foundation. "The negative impact on birds are substantial and proven in similar habitats."
Critics of the technology warn turbines pose a threat to birds, particularly rare species which are already suffering from low numbers or migratory species, as well as to bats. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) has previously claimed wind turbines are killing killed more birds of prey than deliberate poisoning or shooting.
The European Court of Justice has ruled against Bulgaria in a case brought by the European Commission against the country over its failure to protect unique habitats and important species in the Kaliakra special protection area at the Black Sea coast, the court announced on January 14 2016. Projects such as wind turbines, a golf course, spa and hotels have been approved and built in the area by Bulgarian authorities, despite the likelihood it would lead to significant disturbance of these protected species. As a result, the court has found Bulgaria to be breaching the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives. A portion of the ruling is below. The full decision can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
This decision letter issued by the United Kingdom energy secretary reports that the Mynydd y Gwynt wind energy proposal has been denied. Reasons for the denial include the secretary's inability to determine the project's impact on red kites resident at the Elenydd-Mallaen special protection area (SPA). A portion of the decision is provided below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. The project would have sited 27 turbines of between 3 MW and 3.3 MW each in Powys.
Gannets have been found to fly higher above the sea when searching for food which makes them vulnerable to turbine blades
It had been claimed the project would result in the permanent and irrevocable loss of the habitat of the hen harrier – a protected species.
[T]wo new wind farms planned nearby could threaten the colony, according to a new Government-funded study which found that gannets fly higher than had been thought – putting them at much greater risk of collision with turbine blades.
Crucially, the study also shows that the birds' feeding grounds overlap extensively with planned wind farm sites in the Firth of Forth, heightening their risk of colliding with turbine blades. The researchers estimate that up to 12 times more gannets could be killed by turbines than current figures suggest, although they stress that the figure is based on calculations using current typical turbine sizes, which could be different to those actually installed, and that there is great uncertainty over actual turbine avoidance rates.
This horrible, upsetting picture shows a white stork whose beak was chopped off by a wind turbine in Germany. It subsequently had to be “euthanised” by a vet. Though I’ve given him a name – Stefan – I think we can safely predict that his ugly and entirely unnecessary demise won’t generate nearly the same level of public outrage as did Cecil the Lion‘s. Or even Finsly the Tiger Shark’s.
Warning: This video is disturbing. This video shows a flock (dozen) of partridges which were pressed on the base of a wind turbine. The partridges flew with a tailwind over an elevated plain. It was impossible for the birds to dodge the wind turbine.
An independent Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government postponed a hearing on how the development would impact on birdlife until June because of a procedural matter. RSPB Scotland, which has objected to the 39-turbine development at Strathy South in the Flow Country of Sutherland, accused Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) of causing the delay by changing paperwork.
Heinz Schwarze, the head of the newly formed committee, suspects that Germany’s booming wind power industry may have been involved. Wind farms are prohibited in areas where protected species nest.
"I have been monitoring breeding red kites and ospreys in the forest for the past 20 years while employed by RSPB. The two chosen locations for the turbines are in close proximity to known traditional nesting sites and pose a direct risk to the movement of adult birds of prey of conservation value as well as the relic population of Capercaillie."
Consent was given under strict conditions to mitigate any potential environmental impact and backing was received from environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth Scotland. But RSPB Scotland objected to the plans and raised fears over the proximity of seabird colonies.
A massive statue of a golden eagle could soon have a bird’s eye view of a controversial wind farm which campaigners claim could kill protected birds. ...“I feel that having 67 turbines there would totally destroy the place. Apart from being unsightly, they could be a hazard to the eagles’ natural habitat.”