Tur­bines do not af­fect birds, says study

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

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.

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