The RSPB have engaged with the Navitus Bay project since 2010. We have attended meetings, presentations and responded to public consultations. Our responses to Eneco/EDF's formal public consultations are available to download from this page.
Eneco/EDF will in due course submit their project for consent, together with supporting information including an Environmental Statement (ES), which should detail the implications of building, operating and ultimately decommissioning the wind farm on all important environmental features including wildlife.
When the project is submitted, we will consider the ES and other technical information. If we consider there is a significant risk to birds, or that the assessment is incomplete or inadequate, we will object. Currently we do not have a complete picture of the possible impacts.
Our main concern is the need for Eneco/EDF to collect robust data and carry out a comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts of the project, both offshore (where the turbines will be located) and onshore (where the cabling and other infrastructure are to be located) on birds, especially migratory species.
We will continue to engage with the developers and their advisers in the run up to project submission, which is expected to be in early 2014.