More than €1.5 million has been invested in the white-tailed sea eagle re-introduction programme based in the Killarney National Park, and it was now “at a very critical stage”, the wildlife service added, urging that planning permission for a major upland wind farm by ESB Wind Development Ltd, along the Kerry-Cork border be turned down.
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It had been claimed the project would result in the permanent and irrevocable loss of the habitat of the hen harrier – a protected species.
A perceived risk to the recently introduced white-tailed sea eagle is one of the main reasons cited by An Bord Pleanála for turning down a proposed nine-turbine wind farm in the Kerry-Cork border area near Kilgarvan.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm has abandoned expansion plans in a blow to the UK’s status as a global leader in the industry. London Array announced it will not go ahead with the second phase of an offshore wind farm, partly because of the time it would take to assess the impact on birds.
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.
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.