Articles filed under Impact on Wildlife from Europe

Wind turbines: 'Eco-friendly' - but not to eagles

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.
13 Mar 2010

‘Scarecrow' wind farms put rare birds to flight

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.
3 Jan 2010

Wildlife blow to wind farm plans

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.
29 Dec 2009

Wind farms fall prey to demands of the golden eagle

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.
2 Dec 2009

Geese will not be fans of giant turbine plans

Residents of a Lancashire village have expressed anger after plans to build two huge wind turbines were recommended for approval by planners. ...residents fear the devices will decimate the area's population of pink-footed geese, destroy the landscape and affect people's health because of noise and the 'shadow flicker' caused by the blades. Residents sent 632 letters of objection and Pilling Parish Council, Garstang Town Council and the RSPB also objected.
26 Nov 2009

Turbine objectors' fears for wildlife

Anti-windfarm campaigners say that installing turbines at Todd Hill could have a devastating impact on wildlife and tourism. Members of the Put People First (PPF) group have highlighted concerns for birds, bats and other animals if a Novera Energy application for four turbines near Pigdon is approved. They say the area is host to a wide range of species.
21 Nov 2009

Viking Energy considers scaling back £800m Shetland plans

Proposals to build Europe's largest onshore windfarm in the Shetland Islands at a cost of £800 million could be scaled back, according to developer Viking Energy, writes Will Nichols. The limited company originally presented plans for the 150 turbine, 540MW project to the Shetland Islands council this summer. However, last week, a spokesman for Viking Energy told that the company is to submit an addendum to its plans early in the new year in a response to concerns flagged up during consultation, including over bird life and landscape.
17 Nov 2009

Golden eagles scupper wind farm

Bird experts have welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to refuse permission for a wind farm they said would have posed a risk to golden eagles. WPR Wind Ltd hoped to build a 14-turbine wind farm near Inveraray in Argyll. However, RSPB Scotland objected to the proposal on the grounds that the site was one of the most productive areas in the country for golden eagles.
16 Oct 2009

Man-made noise is blamed for driving whales to their deaths

Scientists say man-made noise equipment, including anti-seal sonar devices used in fish farms, is driving deep-water animals such as whales to shore, where they die. A northern bottlenose whale was washed up dead on a beach in Prestatyn, North Wales, on Saturday morning, the tenth of the species to become trapped or stranded on British shores this year. ...Northern bottlenose whales are acutely sensitive to sound, for like other beaked whales they use sonic pulses for hunting. The noise of oil exploration (which uses loud underwater explosions to help geologists search for undiscovered reserves), wind farm construction and shipping are all possible culprits.
11 Oct 2009

'Poorly positioned' wind farms reduce rare birds' breeding

The RSPB Scotland study looked at 12 operating upland wind farms in the UK and found that numbers of several birds of high conservation concern are reduced close to the turbines. Affected birds include the hen harrier and golden plover, which are protected under European law, and the curlew, which is a high-priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
26 Sep 2009

Ospreys take off

Scotland's ospreys are once again starting their epic annual winter migration to West Africa. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the biggest land manager in the country, has been keeping a close watch on the success of the fish-eating birds of prey. One of the birds monitored using satellite tracking technology is known as Red 8T.
20 Sep 2009

Wind farm threat to Wales' national bird

An energy company has admitted precious Red Kites are at significant risk from its planned new wind farm complex in South Wales. Now, campaigners against the controversial proposal in the Swansea Valley say they will prosecute npower renewables under the Wildlife and Countryside Act if the farm goes ahead and Red Kites - dubbed Wales' National Bird - are chopped up in turbine blades.
6 Sep 2009

Plans for a windfarm may raise concerns

Nature conservationists are expected to raise concerns over potential plans to place four wind turbines close to an internationally important bird reserve. ...Martin Kerby, RSPB planning officer for the North-east said: ... "When the planning application is submitted we will be looking very carefully at it. It depends on how many birds are passing through. "It's about 1km from Saltholme but of most concern is the North Tees mudflats."
5 Sep 2009

Wind farm may affect wildlife

Construction of a wind farm at Logiealmond could have a significant impact on wildlife, according to opponents of the proposal. According to consultant ecologist Nigel Rudd there would be a knock-on effect to birds and animals in the area if the 14-turbine development went ahead. "Modification of the habitat resource could significantly alter the attractiveness of the site to certain species.
19 Aug 2009
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