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RYE area farmer and conservationist Phillip Merricks is involved in a High Court challenge to the government decision to allow a wind farm to be built near Camber. Mr Merricks insists the controversial plans would damage protected bird populations if built at Little Cheyne Court, a few miles east of Rye.
Plans to build a windfarm in the far north that would have been the biggest in Britain have been scaled down to protect birds. In November 2002, North British Windpower (NBW) revealed proposals for a £75million development on the Skelpick Estate, near Bettyhill, in Sutherland, that would have been three times bigger than any windfarm operating in the UK at that time. The company hoped to erect 50 turbines with a capacity of over 100megawatts - enough power to supply 84,000 households, or the equivalent to 90% of the homes in the Highland region. But the Edinburgh-based energy company went back to the drawing board after it was discovered that some of the turbines were on the flight path of birds from the nearby Caithness and Sutherland Special Protection Area. Managing director Andrew Shaw said yesterday they were now proposing 22 turbines, measuring about 410ft to tip of blade and producing just under 50MW of electricity. The development was now expected to cost about £40million.
HORRIFIED office workers watched a swan "cut to pieces" by the blades of a wind turbine.
A massive wind farm could make the Hebridean island of Lewis the renewable energy capital of Europe. But not all environmentalists are happy about it.
Research by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) shows the distribution of birds in areas picked for further offshore wind farm development.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has said it will "vigorously maintain its opposition" to energy schemes that threaten rare or high numbers of wild birds.
ONE OF Britain’s most senior judges has spoken of his opposition to the construction of a wind farm in rural Perthshire, insisting rare and vulnerable birds such as ospreys would be put at risk. Eminent law lord and life peer Lord Hope of Craighead outlined his concerns as he addressed a public inquiry into the proposed Drumderg wind farm.
The birds, which live almost exclusively in the remotest areas of the Highlands and Islands, have also had an impact on a proposal to build a wind farm on the Eishken Estate on Lewis.
Councillors in the Western Isles have endorsed revised plans for a wind farm on the Eishken Estate on Lewis.
...last night RSPB Scotland warned that the wildlife-rich coast of Aberdeenshire could be seriously damaged and internationally vital bird populations decimated as a result of the two large-scale developments
There is also a growing perception by the RSPB, which - in general - backs renewal energy sources such as wind, wave and solar power, that large-scale wind farms in some areas may pose great danger to bird populations.
he company behind plans for a massive wind farm on Lewis is further reducing its size following concerns over the threat to birds.
A Mix-up in assessing a windfarm application's potential risk to eagles will not have an effect on other plans, the executive has confirmed.
The Service favors: --conservation of wildlife in the public trust; --development of renewable energy that is bird and bat friendly; and --use of informed decisions based on adequate environmental assessment and sound science.
THE COMMUNITY-owned company behind the massive wind farm proposal in Shetland published their first study into the environmental impact of the project yesterday (Tuesday).
The turbines would wipe out a fifth of the UK population of these birds within a year, according to the new assessment.
Wind farms have been blamed for the deaths of Europe's largest eagle, fuelling fears the controversial turbines will pose a threat to Britain's birdlife.
The RSPB has released a series of images which show the scale of plans for a huge wind farm planned for the Hebridean island of Lewis.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build the world's largest wind farm on Lewis will have an "unprecedented impact" on endangered birds and wildlife and the island habitat that supports them, a major charity said yesterday.