Turbines do not affect birds, says study
The findings of a 20-year research project say that wind farms may have little or no impact on birds. Commissioned by Scottish Power Renewables, the project studied a Golden Eagle breeding territory at Beinn an Tuirc wind farm in Kintyre. According to the results, the presence of the turbines had no negative effect on the eagles; in fact, the Golden Eagles inhabiting that territory are among the most successful breeders in Kintyre in recent years. The same female has been resident in the territory since the project began in 1997, and she and her current partner, who has been there for almost 10 years, have successfully fledged six chicks between them. A parallel satellite tagging project has revealed that offspring from the site are now ranging in Kintyre and further afield, with one setting up a territory close to another wind farm at Cruach Mhor in Cowal. Scottish Power Renewables stated that protecting Golden Eagles was one of its key priorities.