Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Offshore wind farms: Study to be carried out on risk of seabird collision with turbines

A study is to be carried out on the risk of seabird collision with offshore wind farm turbines. PA Wire
A study is to be carried out on the risk of seabird collision with offshore wind farm turbines. PA Wire

A major study to be carried out to assess the risk of seabird collision with Scotland’s offshore wind farms.

Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, is committing £385,000 to secure a contractor to carry out detailed investigations.

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the new research, with the charity hopeful it will accurately expose the dangers of offshore windfarms to wildlife for the first time.

North anti-windfarm protesters, however, claim the commissioning of the study is “too little, too late”.

The 11-turbine Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm is already operating, while two of the largest offshore wind projects in the world, the 950MW Moray East project and the 1,075MW Seagreen project, are under construction.

The Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm, which at 50MW is the largest floating wind array in the world, is also under construction.

A Marine Scotland spokesman said: “The project is part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing efforts to increase the evidence base available for the sustainable management of our marine environment.

“Seabird flight height helps us understand how different species of seabird are using the marine environment – flight height can differ between foraging and transiting behaviours – and the risk of seabird collision with offshore wind farms.”

The project will use technology mounted on aircraft to collect measurements of seabird flight heights for individual species, comparing the heights with their distance from a wind farm and individual wind turbine generators.

RSPB Scotland spokesman Charles Nathan said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s research into seabird flight height and hope the outputs of this and other research will enable Scotland to act on climate change and deliver renewable offshore wind in a manner that does not worsen the biodiversity crisis.

“We’ve consistently highlighted that offshore wind development can cause serious negative impacts on our seabirds – impacts such as collision of seabirds with turbines, turbines blocking important flight pathways and loss of access to their preferred feeding areas.

Moray East offshore wind project ‘on track’ despite Covid-19 delays, director claims

 

“Ultimately the impact of offshore wind, individually and cumulatively across multiple windfarms, could cause huge impacts on our seabird populations and sadly the extent of these risks are currently relatively poorly understood.

“Investment in research such as this project is crucial to help us understand and therefore avoid these risks as we deploy vast amounts of offshore wind to meet our net-zero emission targets.”

Brenda Herrick, of the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, added: “Talk about too little too late.

“There are offshore windfarms being constructed now. What happens if this study says there is a harm to seabirds? Are they going to be stopped?

“I also worry about the impact on sea mammals in all this and there should be more done to look into the whole impact of offshore windfarms.”

Moray campaigner George Herraghty, of Save Wild Moray, said: “If a Golden Eagle has been recorded soaring from Deeside to Loch Maree, and back, in a single day, at turbine height, then absolutely nowhere is safe from a ‘carefully sited’ wind farm.

“The rotor blades of a wind turbine have a radius as long as a football field and rotate at 300 km/h.

“Against these huge propeller walls, birds, bats and insects don’t stand a chance.”

The one-year project is expected to start in February next year once a contractor has been appointed.

Trump International ordered to pay Scottish Goverment £225,000 over North Sea wind farm battle

 

The next offshore wind leasing round, ScotWind, is now underway, with projects to be announced in early 2021

A further 10GW is expected to be added to the Scottish market.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]