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"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."
Large-scale wind farm establishment may have a negative effect on Sweden's golden eagles. In a unique project in northern Sweden, scientists at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are trapping adult golden eagles and fitting them with satellite transmitters.
A primary school in Dorset has switched off its wind turbine after seabirds kept getting killed by the blades. Southwell Primary on Portland saw 14 birds killed in six months after it was installed 18 months ago.
A £20,000 wind turbine brought in to make a Portland primary school more environmentally friendly has been turned off because it was killing seabirds. Headteacher Stuart McLeod, of Southwell Community Primary School, said they ‘tried everything' to solve the problem but had no choice but to shut it down.
The bird has been examined by a Scottish Agricultural College vet who found it had suffered bruising and fractures consistent with it having died through an impact. The kite had been adopted by the children of Aviemore Primary School and they had named it Tweety Pie, before following its movements on a satellite tracking system.
The carcass of the rare red kite was discovered at the Fairburn wind farm in Ross-shire. It was examined by a Scottish Agricultural College vet and was found to have suffered bruising and fractures consistent with an impact. ...Aedán Smith, RSPB Scotland's head of planning and development said: "Evidence suggests that the kite is most likely to have been killed by collision with a turbine.
Jerry Sturman, regional manager for energy organisation Partnerships for Renewables (PfR), said: "From a technical perspective, the site is quite promising, but from the outset we knew that ornithology was a key development risk and therefore decided to investigate this issue as a priority.
The landmark planning decision on the project - which had been due to dominate the skyline and span seven townlands at Knockacummer, Co Cork - is set to lead to a flood of similar objections anywhere wind farms are planned in the species' habitat. The presence of the bird was the sole reason for refusal by the planning authority, signalling a tough new approach to wind farm developments impacting upon protected bird species.
A new wind park, whose turbines have special sensors for automatic stoppage if they sense movement of birds, was opened in Algarve on May 16, by Portugal's Minister of Economy, Innovation and Development, Viera da Silva.
The location of the wind farm in question has been determined already, and is a function of water depth, shipping routes, connections to the grid and other such constraints. There is little margin for change to accommodate migrating birds, and all we may expect as a result of the bird study is the symbolic displacement of a few turbines in the plan. But the study is interesting in that it reveals the shortcomings of the science that deals with wind-farm impacts on wildlife.
The population of Svalbard barnacle geese stands at about 30,000 Barnacle geese have been tagged with satellite trackers amid concern planned offshore wind farms could affect their migration from Britain to the Arctic. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) said it had tagged five male Svalbard barnacle geese, which overwinter in the Solway Firth, with GPS trackers.
The Court of Session in Edinburgh has quashed a decision by the Scottish Government to reject an application for a 14-turbine wind farm near Inveraray. The decision on Friday (March 19) means that the 28MW project may now revert to a public inquiry, which would allow further evaluation of evidence presented by Stacain Wind Farm.
A feature of these supposedly environment-friendly machines that I haven't mentioned, however, is their devastating effect on wildlife, notably on large birds of prey, such as eagles and red kites. Particularly disturbing is the extent to which the disaster has been downplayed by professional bodies, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Britain and the Audubon Society in the US, which should be at the forefront of exposing this outrage.
Viennese wild animal experts are investigating after an imperial eagle was discovered cut to pieces close to wind turbines in Burgenland last weekend. ...The eagle was discovered by a hunter on Saturday.
Scientists have found that birds, including buzzards, golden plovers, curlews and red grouse, are abandoning countryside around wind farms because the turbines act as giant scarecrows, frightening them away. The impact is small now because there are few wind farms but researchers warn that, with hundreds more planned, plus an increase in the size of turbines, the effect could become much worse.
A vast swath of northern and western Scotland could be set aside to give greater protection to one of the UK's most enigmatic birds of prey. There are just over 40 breeding pairs of golden eagles left in Britain, all but one in Scotland, but plans for the establishment of a 350,000-hectare Special Protection Area designed to safeguard the future of the raptor has brought conservationists into conflict with the renewable energy industry.
Bird experts have welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to refuse permission for a wind farm they said would have posed a risk to golden eagles. WPR Wind Ltd hoped to build a 14-turbine wind farm near Inveraray in Argyll. However, RSPB Scotland objected to the proposal on the grounds that the site was one of the most productive areas in the country for golden eagles.
Wind turbine memorial. Illustration: Rob Biddulph Imagine that at the flick of a switch, you could not only turn a light on or off but select which power source you were going to use. Would an eco warrior choose wind power or coal? Surely this is a no-brainer. Not necessarily.
The RSPB Scotland study looked at 12 operating upland wind farms in the UK and found that numbers of several birds of high conservation concern are reduced close to the turbines. Affected birds include the hen harrier and golden plover, which are protected under European law, and the curlew, which is a high-priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Wind farms can reduce bird numbers by up to half, according to a new study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that raises questions about the charity's support of the new technology. ...It suggested that the most likely cause of the decline is the fact that birds are less likely to live near wind farms because of the noise and development.