Articles filed under Impact on Birds from Europe

Wind farm scrapped over fears for birds

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.
6 Jul 2012

The trouble with turbines: An ill wind

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.
20 Jun 2012

Bird charity 'could drop objection to wind farm'

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.
17 Aug 2011

Wind farm campaigners boosted by RSPB objection

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.
23 Dec 2010

Viking plans would cause ‘unacceptable damage' to important bird species, says RSPB

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.
19 Nov 2010

Birds of prey cause a storm at €50m windfarm project

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.
14 Nov 2010

Hen harrier puts paid to turbine plans

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.
4 Nov 2010

Power lines 'invisible' to birds

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.
3 Nov 2010
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