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Wind farm impacts on rare birds must be minimised

21 June 2012

Leianna Padgett
Media and Communications Officer

Developers must work to reduce the impact of a wind farm on rare species when it is built on the Hebridean island of Lewis, according to RSPB Scotland.

The conservation charity will withdraw its objection to Lewis Wind Power’s application for a substantial wind farm to the west of Stornoway on the Western Isles.

The wildlife conservation charity acknowledged efforts of the developer to reduce the construction and operational impact on rare species such as golden eagle and red-throated diver by reducing the number of proposed turbines from 42 to 36. 

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said:  “Although we are disappointed that risks to golden eagles and red-throated divers have not been reduced further, when compared with previous proposals for large scale wind power schemes in north Lewis, the Stornoway wind farm as now proposed represents a welcome improvement, and we acknowledge the efforts made by Lewis Wind Power in this regard. 

“The challenge now is to ensure that the construction and operational impacts are minimised, and that the development is thoroughly monitored, so that any eagle displacement or collision is discovered, and urgent remedial action taken. We look forward to working with the developer and our partners in the statutory sector in order to help achieve this.”

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