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Windfarm protesters Fran Raw and Dr Angela Armstrong told last week's meeting of Port William Community Council that the identification of "20 EU protected species" around the proposed site of a windfarm locally could help them stop the development going ahead.
Angling, wildlife and heritage groups dispute claims by developers that new proposal is environmentally friendly Angling, wildlife and heritage groups on Thursday attacked new proposals for a £34bn tidal barrage across the Severn estuary, with one telling MPs that environmental benefits touted by proponents of the barrage are "spin" and "guff".
Why is the public not more aware of this carnage? First, because the wind industry (with the shameful complicity of some ornithological organisations) has gone to great trouble to cover it up - to the extent of burying the corpses of victims. Second, because the ongoing obsession with climate change means that many environmentalists are turning a blind eye to the ecological costs of renewable energy.
Investigations suggest that both birds were fatally injured as a result of mid-air collisions with the turbine blades. A spokesman for the organisation said the deaths were "tragic" and would have an impact on the local breeding success of an already vulnerable species which is "teetering on the brink of extinction".
The study found that on the whole gannets flew in the same direction and for the same distance but they vary significantly in the amount of time they spend searching for food which suggests that individual gannets do not depend on specific feeding sites.
Scientists at Stirling University are suggesting new national guidelines be drawn up to protect bats and birds from domestic wind turbine developments. Research by the School of Natural Sciences found wide variations in the planning processes for micro-turbines.
Scottish scientists are calling for national guidelines to help protect bats and birds from mini wind turbines on homes. Researchers at the University of Stirling Research found widespread variation in how councils handle planning applications, with some routinely asking for ecological surveys, while others rarely did so.
Seismic surveys could be disorientating the whales and driving them to their deaths on the beaches of Fife and Angus, Scotland, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said. A number of vessels have been carrying out the high-tech scans in the Firth of Forth and North Sea in recent weeks. Seventeen pilot whales died after a mass beaching in the East Neuk of Fife earlier this month.
RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections to the proposal when the developer reduced the number of turbines from 42. RSPB had voiced concerns they would have an impact on the population of protected golden eagles.
The planning inspectorate had required that bird deflectors with reflective centres should have been placed on the outer wires by August 4 but the deadline was not met. "...RWE flagrantly disregarding inspectors' decisions and it gives us no confidence that we are dealing with a responsible developer.
Britain's biggest fish is to be used to fight plans for Scotland's largest offshore wind farm. The £7 billion scheme is proposed for an area west of the island of Tiree in waters that are a vital mating ground for basking sharks.
But Dr Lucy Wright from the British Trust for Ornithology, who was not involved with the research, pointed out the limitations of the study. "It only measures the avoidance behaviour of one species at two neighbouring windfarms and we don't know how the results would differ for other species or at other sites."
Plans to build a wind farm on Lewis have been scrapped over fears golden eagles could be could be killed by turbine blades.
The energy department said a decision on Docking Shoal had taken a long time because it was a "complex and sensitive case" but new planning legislation would up the process in the future. The agreement over the two other projects came as the government wrestles with whether to reduce short-term subsidies to wind farms both offshore and onshore.
In a decision that could have implications for future developments, Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, gave the go ahead to Race Bank and Dudgeon wind farms off Norfolk. Environmentalists have fought the decision for three years because of the risk to sandwich terns, a protected species. )
Nowhere is this more true than off the coast of Norfolk, where Ed Davey has just made one of those life and death decisions that come with the high office of Energy Secretary. Shockingly, he has decreed that guillotining 94 shaggy-crested terns a year is acceptable, even if you have no plans to put them in a sandwich.
The report examines the impact of small-scale (under 50 kilowatts) wind turbines on birds and bats. The authors looked at mortality as well as how the turbine might degrade or impair the use of the area near the structure by the resource.
A rural community has united in opposing plans for a wind turbine. More than 30 letters of complaint have been registered against plans for an 11kW wind turbine in Stank.
A major energy firm has withdrawn its planning application to develop a 29-turbine wind farm at Waterhead Moor near Largs, North Ayrshire. SSE - formerly Scottish and Southern Electric - said the decision had been made due to "a range of construction and planning challenges" over the site.
"The dead bird was on short grass about 40 metres from the base of the turbine, together with feathers spread either side of it in a circle of about 10 metres, suggesting it was impacted from some height and then dropped down.