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Scientists at Stirling University are suggesting new national guidelines be drawn up to protect bats and birds from domestic wind turbine developments. Research by the School of Natural Sciences found wide variations in the planning processes for micro-turbines.
Scottish scientists are calling for national guidelines to help protect bats and birds from mini wind turbines on homes. Researchers at the University of Stirling Research found widespread variation in how councils handle planning applications, with some routinely asking for ecological surveys, while others rarely did so.
Seismic surveys could be disorientating the whales and driving them to their deaths on the beaches of Fife and Angus, Scotland, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said. A number of vessels have been carrying out the high-tech scans in the Firth of Forth and North Sea in recent weeks. Seventeen pilot whales died after a mass beaching in the East Neuk of Fife earlier this month.
RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections to the proposal when the developer reduced the number of turbines from 42. RSPB had voiced concerns they would have an impact on the population of protected golden eagles.
The planning inspectorate had required that bird deflectors with reflective centres should have been placed on the outer wires by August 4 but the deadline was not met. "...RWE flagrantly disregarding inspectors' decisions and it gives us no confidence that we are dealing with a responsible developer.
Britain's biggest fish is to be used to fight plans for Scotland's largest offshore wind farm. The £7 billion scheme is proposed for an area west of the island of Tiree in waters that are a vital mating ground for basking sharks.
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.
A rural community has united in opposing plans for a wind turbine. More than 30 letters of complaint have been registered against plans for an 11kW wind turbine in Stank.
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.
"Studies show how wind farms attract starfish that eat oysters. If that is true, they will wipe out most of the oyster population here and ruin our tourist industry." Vattenfall has begun a public consultation about its plans to add 17 turbines to the 30 already on the Kentish Flats offshore wind farm.
A research project has been launched to ensure that dolphins are not harmed by marine energy developments in Scottish waters.
The findings suggest that more strandings can be expected as ministers are planning a major expansion in the number of offshore wind farms, especially off the coast of Scotland, which is an area where whales congregate to feed.
"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."
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.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust has dealt another blow to the offshore renewable energy industry ...the charity has demanded better planning for offshore marine renewable developments and is calling on the Scottish Government to exercise greater diligence.