The windfarm planned for Waterhead Moor, in Ayrshire would have been so damaging to wildlife that we felt we must oppose it.
We first raised serious concerns about a proposed windfarm at Waterhead Moor with the developer SSE Renewables in 2004 and highlighted the sensitivity of this area throughout pre-and post-application discussions.
The site is east of Largs in North Ayrshire and the majority of the turbines are within Renfrewshire Heights Special Protection Area (SPA), designated for hen harrier under the EU Birds Directive.
The planning application was revised and modified in September 2010, when an application to develop a 72.5MW, 29-turbine windfarm was submitted to Scottish Ministers. We objected to the revised application December 2010 due to impacts on the hen harrier SPA.