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Black Isle turbines plan ruffles bird expert's feathers

"I have been monitoring breeding red kites and ospreys in the forest for the past 20 years while employed by RSPB. The two chosen locations for the turbines are in close proximity to known traditional nesting sites and pose a direct risk to the movement of adult birds of prey of conservation value as well as the relic population of Capercaillie."

Fears that plans for a community-owned wind farm will destroy "the whole fabric" of a Black Isle forest have been expressed by a leading local ornithologist.

Black Isle Community Energy (BICE) wants to build three wind turbines on land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland at Millbuie Forest near Mount High.

Brian Etheridge, a Black Isle resident, is concerned about the serious risks posed to rare and threatened species.

"I am opposed to the proposed windfarm from an ornithological point of view," he said.

"I have been monitoring breeding red kites and ospreys in the forest for the past 20 years while employed by RSPB. The two chosen locations for the turbines are in close proximity to known traditional nesting sites and pose a direct risk to the movement of adult birds of prey of conservation value as well as the relic population of Capercaillie."

He added: "The turbines will destroy the whole fabric of the forest, and the solitude that currently exists within it."

A postal ballot of Black Isle residents, asking if they support the scheme, will be held in March.

A local community group named No Black Isle Wind Farm has been set up in opposition to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Fears that plans for a community-owned wind farm will destroy "the whole fabric" of a Black Isle forest have been expressed by a leading local ornithologist.

Black Isle Community Energy (BICE) wants to build three wind turbines on land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland at Millbuie Forest near Mount High.

Brian Etheridge, a Black Isle resident, is concerned about the serious risks posed to rare and threatened species.

"I am opposed to the proposed windfarm from an ornithological point of view," he said.

"I have been monitoring breeding red kites and ospreys in the forest for the past 20 years while employed by RSPB. The two chosen locations for the turbines are in close proximity to known traditional nesting sites and pose a direct risk to the movement of adult birds of prey of conservation value as well as the relic population of Capercaillie."

He added: "The turbines will destroy the whole fabric of the forest, and the solitude that currently exists within it."

A postal ballot of Black Isle residents, asking if they support the scheme, will be held in March.

A local community group named No Black Isle Wind Farm has been set up in opposition to the plans.

BICE, convened by Black Isle Partnership and Transition Black Isle, says the turbines will be capable of generating up to half the electricity used in the area and all profits would be channelled into community projects by a new charity.

BICE has held road shows over the past week to inform locals about the project. The last one will be held in Culbokie on February 5.


Source: http://www.ross-shirejourna...

JAN 13 2015
https://www.windaction.org/posts/41974-black-isle-turbines-plan-ruffles-bird-expert-s-feathers
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