Articles filed under Impact on Birds from UK
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.
"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.
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."
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.
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.
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.