Dr Aly McCluskie

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I am a Senior Conservation Scientist within a small team which provides scientific support for site conservation for the RSPB. This involves both active research and review in order to provide the science required to underpin policy and casework specifically in relation to the effective conservation of protected sites. In particular I look at the interactions between wind farms, both terrestrial and offshore, and birds.

This work involves working with a range of statutory conservation bodies, government agencies and developers as well as the RSPB's own casework team in attempt to best facilitate potential wind farm developments. Where such developments are proposed in inappropriate locations I will assist in making the case against them and in extreme cases will act as an expert witness in public enquires and other hearings. I also provide training to RSPB staff in the techniques involved in wind farm environmental impact assessment.

I also have extensive experience in working with upland raptors, in particular the hen harrier and have a long-standing commitment to seeking solutions to conflicts between such predators and man.

External Activities

  • 2006 - 2012: Honorary Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Liz Masden, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Prof Steve Redpath, University of Aberdeen
  • Stephen Murphy, Natural England

Contact

Aly McCluskie

Dr Aly McCluskie

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

aly.mccluskie@rspb.org.uk

Specialisms

Climate change Marine Protected areas UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Lack of sound science in assessing wind-farm impacts on seabirds

Introduction: Electrical power generation from wind farms has grown rapidly in the UK and European Union (EU) in the last decade and is set to grow further. By 2020, the EU proposes to source 20% of energy from renewable sources ...

Date
19 July 2016
RSPB Authors
Prof Rhys Green, Dr Aly McCluskie, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Green, R.E., Langston, R.H.W., McCluskie, A., Sutherland, R. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Marine

Renewable energy developments in an uncertain world: The case of offshore wind and birds in the UK

As governments pledge to invest in reducing carbon emissions, they are increasingly focussing on renewable-energy solutions, to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, though the environmental effects of such developments remain highly...

Date
07 September 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Ellie Owen, Dr Rowena Langston, Dr Aly McCluskie
Authors
Masden, E.A., McCluskie, A., Owen, E. & Langston, R.H.W.
Published in
Marine Policy
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UK Climate change Identifying problems Marine

Wind farms and birds: an updated analysis of the effects of wind farms on birds, and best practice guidance on integrated planning and impact assessment

RSPB Authors
Dr Aly McCluskie
Authors
Benedict Gove, Rowena Langston, Daniel Pullan
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