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But Dr Lucy Wright from the British Trust for Ornithology, who was not involved with the research, pointed out the limitations of the study. "It only measures the avoidance behaviour of one species at two neighbouring windfarms and we don't know how the results would differ for other species or at other sites."
Plans to build a wind farm on Lewis have been scrapped over fears golden eagles could be could be killed by turbine blades.
In a decision that could have implications for future developments, Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave the go ahead to Race Bank and Dudgeon wind farms off Norfolk. Environmentalists have fought the decision for three years because of the risk to sandwich terns, a protected species. )
The energy department said a decision on Docking Shoal had taken a long time because it was a "complex and sensitive case" but new planning legislation would up the process in the future. The agreement over the two other projects came as the government wrestles with whether to reduce short-term subsidies to wind farms both offshore and onshore.
Nowhere is this more true than off the coast of Norfolk, where Ed Davey has just made one of those life and death decisions that come with the high office of Energy Secretary. Shockingly, he has decreed that guillotining 94 shaggy-crested terns a year is acceptable, even if you have no plans to put them in a sandwich.
But the concern is that turbines threaten species that are already struggling, such as bats, which in North America have been hit hard by white-nose fungus. Another vulnerable group is raptors, which are slow to reproduce and favour the wind corridors that energy companies covet. “There are species of birds that are getting killed by wind turbines that do not get killed by autos, windows or buildings,” says Shawn Smallwood ...Smallwood has found that Altamont blades slay an average of 65 golden eagles a year. “We could lose eagles in this country if we keep on doing this,” he says.
A major energy firm has withdrawn its planning application to develop a 29-turbine wind farm at Waterhead Moor near Largs, North Ayrshire. SSE - formerly Scottish and Southern Electric - said the decision had been made due to "a range of construction and planning challenges" over the site.
"The dead bird was on short grass about 40 metres from the base of the turbine, together with feathers spread either side of it in a circle of about 10 metres, suggesting it was impacted from some height and then dropped down.
In an unusual move, RSPB Scotland said it is objecting to the proposed 42-turbine development near Stornoway but hopes to reconsider if small changes can be made. Lewis Wind Power, a joint venture between AMEC and EDF Energy, has applied to build the wind farm to the west of Stornoway.
The court has accepted the group's accusation that the regional authority was duty bound to take into account the collective environmental impact of all twelve projects as a whole once built, rather than the impact of each individual project. The remaining nine cases are pending a court verdict.
A white-tailed sea eagle introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway three years ago has been killed after colliding with a wind turbine near Kilgarvan, an area designated as suitable for wind farms in the Kerry county development plan.
"We are seriously concerned about this proposal. The RSPB supports the development of renewable energy as necessary to combat climate change which threatens so much of our wildlife. But windfarms must be of the right scale and in the right places, not where they damage the very natural environment they are supposed to be protecting."
The construction of a planned new wind farm should avoid disrupting black grouse leks, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has suggested. Nineteen-turbine Corriemollie wind farm, near Garve, has been recommended for approval by Highland Council planning officials.
One of the UK's rarest birds could be in jeopardy if a major windfarm development in a picturesque part of Inverness-shire is given the go-ahead, a public meeting has heard. About 150 people attended a meeting at Kiltarlity Village Hall to discuss proposals for a 28-turbine windfarm on land between Kiltarlity and Drumnadrochit in the Druim Ba Forest.
Campaigners fighting a proposed wind farm in West Huntspill were given a boost after the RSPB lodged an objection against the plans. In a letter to Sedgemoor District Council, the bird charity claims it was not aware Ecotricity, the wind farm applicants, had submitted a planning application without a further study into bird movement over the Poplar Farm site.
The Scottish RSPB has objected to Viking Energy's 127-turbine windfarm proposal, citing "unacceptable damage" to populations of several birds for which Shetland is particularly important. In its submission, the RSPB said there were fears over the populations of red-throated divers, merlin, golden plover, dunlin, curlew, Arctic skua and great skua.
A rare bird of prey has put paid to Bord Gais's €50m windfarm development plan in Co Galway. Planning permission was refused on appeal last Thursday because "the proposed development may adversely affect the Hen Harrier, as specified in Article 4 of the Birds Directive," An Bord Pleanala's inspector said.
The protected hen harrier has put paid to plans for a two-turbine extension to the existing 13-turbine wind farm at Booltiagh townland near Connolly in mid-Clare. This follows An Bord Pleanála refusing planning permission to Booltiagh Wind Ltd to construct the turbines at Booltiagh.
Birds often look down during flight to find fellow birds as well as nesting and feeding areas, say the researchers. The new evidence suggests that the problem cannot be prevented by altering the appearance of power lines. Millions of birds are thought to be killed by hitting power lines globally each year.
"I am delighted at the decision by Scottish Ministers to confirm the designation of these sites to protect golden eagles," said Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland. "This is a major step forward for the conservation of Scotland's unofficial national bird."