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It is not in the interests of the wind industry or Scottish Government to let the public know how many thousands of birds and bats their turbines are killing. The public will not like it and may well demand the slaughter ceases and that would mean no more turbines because it is impossible to stop.
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) believes the impact of the country’s growing number of wind farms on protected wildlife may have been massively under-reported. It has called for monitoring around turbine sites to be tightened up to provide more accurate information about the part they play.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the development of a wind farm which it argues would impact seabird colonies.
The company behind plans for a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast has called on bird protection charity the RSPB to abandon any further potential legal proceedings which could scupper the project and put hundreds of potential jobs at risk.
Two feisty birds have caused work on a giant substation at a new Highland wind farm to grind to a halt. Even bird-scarers did not deter the ground-nesting pair of golden plovers ...Work on the foundations of the substation has ceased since three eggs were laid and two chicks hatched.
RSPB Scotland argued that the threat posed to birds and wildlife habitats from the turbines was significant and it sought judicial review of the decision in 2014 to grant planning permissions for the projects. A ruling by Lord Stewart last July found in the charity’s favour but that decision was overturned ...RSPB Scotland has now sought leave to appeal that ruling.
But RSPB Scotland challenged the decision over fears that the 335 turbines could kill thousands of protected seabirds, including puffins, kittiwakes and gannets. The conservation charity claimed the Scottish Government had acted unlawfully when considering the applications.
Conservationists have warned thousands of Scotland’s seabirds will be put under threat after ministers won a court battle to give the go-ahead for four massive offshore windfarms.
North of the border there have been claims that wind farms kill more birds of prey than illegal poisoning or shooting. Given North Yorkshire’s reputation as a hot spot for raptor persecution, just what is the impact of wind farms on protected birds of prey in our county?
A mountain-top wind farm has been scrapped after a judge ruled the spinning blades could kill rare red kites. ... "There are important unknowns in this case."
This paper argues that the methods and data used when estimating effects of offshore wind turbines on seabird population rates and the potential impacts on seabird populations are grossly inadequate. As a result, Environmental Impact Assessments cannot solely be relied on to report risks. The conclusions cited in the paper are provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
If the Scottish Government is truly committed to protecting Scotland’s wild land resource, would it please explain to the rest of us how its much-vaunted Wild Land Map (from which the Stronelairg area mysteriously disappeared on the eve of publication) can have any credibility when the same Government is actively engaged in promoting the destruction of remote upland areas and key wildlife habitats across Scotland?
A legal challenge from RSPB Scotland to the granting of consent for four major offshore wind farms has been upheld. The bird protection charity had objected to the Scottish Government’s consent for the developments in the Forth and Tay regions.
Scottish government consents for the 784MW Inch Cape, 1GW-plus Seagreen Alpha and Bravo, and 450MW Neart na Gaoithe had been challenged by RSPB Scotland over their potential impact on seabird colonies in the Forth and Tay region. The Court of Session in Edinburgh today upheld the charity’s case, annulling the consents.
“The planning system does not seem to give enough weight to the well-being of wildlife. “These wind turbines are gigantic and alien to the natural habitat that these creatures have inhabited for centuries.”
The male, which was found a fortnight ago at Moy, south of Inverness, had to be put down due to the extent of its wounds. The Scottish SPCA and the RSPB have confirmed its injuries were “consistent” with hitting turbine blades.
Anti windfarm campaigners have spoken of their horror that an osprey may have been killed by a turbine at Moy, south of Inverness. The male osprey was found injured a fortnight ago at the base of a giant tower and later put down by a vet due to the extent of its wounds.
The planned £2bn Neart na Gaoithe wind farm had been offered a Contract for Difference (CfD) from the UK government guaranteeing price support for the power it generates. However, it emerged today that the offer of the subsidy contract was withdrawn in March after the project missed a crucial deadline due to an ongoing legal challenge by the RSPB over the threat the farm may pose to seabird populations.
The construction of a wind farm in Sutherland led to an 80% drop in the number of golden plovers in the area, according to a five-year study. Scientists have now said their research project should be used as the basis for future studies on the effects of wind farms on other bird species.
The study, due to be published in Ibis, reports that numbers of the plover, which are protected under the European Birds Directive, dropped by 80 per cent within the wind farm during the first two years of operation, with these declines being markedly greater than on areas surrounding the wind farm that were studied over the same period.