Articles filed under Impact on Wildlife from UK
"There's a lot of development going on in the seas of Europe that hasn't been going on before," Simmonds said. "As people who are essentially environmentalists at heart we like renewable energy...but it's the way that these things are being constructed and fixed into the seabed, the hammering, the pile-driving, this is a very loud source of noise."
Experts probing the so-called 'corkscrew deaths' of seals on Britain's East Coast believe the building of a huge offshore wind farm could be to blame. The corpses of 50 seals with a clean 'corkscrew' cut running from head to tail have been washed up over the past 18 months.
Mr Sellars, a 65-year retired builder and landscaper from Holmfirth, fears that years of hard work could be undone if a proposal for four wind turbines at Dearne Head - one of them close to the nature reserve -is given planning permission.
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.
Councillor Nicholas Watson of the Borders Party said they should object due to the accumulative impact of wind farms in the area and the effect on the Southern Upland Way walk as well as noise reasons.
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.
Dozens of underwater listening devices are set to be installed in the Moray Firth to monitor the effect that offshore wind-farm developments may have on dolphins. A two-turbine demonstration wind development already operates in the firth and other projects are planned in the area as the growing renewables sector takes off. The waters are home to Scotland's only resident population of bottlenose dolphins, as well as seals, porpoises and whales.
The Offshore Valuation Study found the developments have the potential to attract £60 billion of investment north of the Border ...But the planned developments would cost an estimated £180 billion and have a major impact on a species including dolphins, seals, porpoise, wildfowl and other seabirds. They could also have major implications for the future of Scotland's beleaguered fishing industry.
Plans to build five 126-metre wind turbines on Matlock Moor have been refused planning permission following a public inquiry into the scheme. Planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie ruled Derbyshire Wind Energy's proposals would cause 'unacceptable harm' to the local landscape and wildlife.
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 electromagnetic fields generated by underwater electric transmission cables from offshore wind farms and pile driving during wind turbine construction may have major effects on fish, according to two British researchers who spoke March 31 at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus in Narragansett. Sharks, skates and rays are attracted to underwater electric cables, according to Professor Andrew Gill of Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
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.
Campaigners battling plans for a wind farm at Aston by Stone are celebrating after being given "extra ammunition" for their fight by conservationists. Land at Aston Hall Farm, adjacent to a site earmarked for three turbines by Severn Trent Water, has been classified as a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) following surveys carried out by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
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.