We oppose windfarm proposals at Eisgein, Lewis which threaten an important population of golden eagles and are likely to slow the spread of white-tailed eagles.
We have objected to several applications for windfarm development here, which would have an unacceptable impact on important bird populations and especially on one of Europe's densest breeding populations of golden eagle.
Despite this, Western Isles Council consented a 13-turbine scheme and the Scottish Government approved 33 turbines of 39 applied for in an overlapping proposal, for the ‘Muaitheabhal Wind Farm’. A subsequent application for six additional turbines was also consented. We also objected to another application (‘Muaitheabhal South Extension’), originally for 12, now reduced to six, additional turbines to the south of those already consented. The Scottish Government has now consented those six additional turbines. Development is being held up by the need to overcome planning and financial hurdles for electricity transmission to the Scottish Mainland.
Cumulative impacts on golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and other protected species, which may arise from other, large-scale applications on the Western Isles, are also of concern.