Wind farm on the pier at Blyth

Wind farms - Publications

Wind power will play a significant role in the fight against climate change. You'll find some useful documents on onshore and offshore wind energy here.

Download - onshore

Principles to consider before developing wind-power on peatlands Date: 25 February 2013. PDF, 343Kb.

Wind Farms and Peatlands - good practice

This review summarises research by James Pearce-Higgins et al. (2009) examining the displacement of several breeding upland bird species and foraging raptors by wind turbines and associated infrastructure. It also provides advice on dealing with wind farm proposals that may have impacts on upland birds. Date: 16 December 2009 Authors: Benedict Gove (2009) PDF, 152Kb.

Guidance note: Distribution of breeding birds in relation to upland wind farms

Windfarms and birds: an analysis of the effects of wind farms on birds, and guidance on environmental assessment criteria and site selection issues. Report by BirdLife International to the Council of Europe, Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. RSPB/BirdLife in the UK. Date: 16 June 2008. PDF, 589Kb.

BirdLife International report to the Bern Convention

Download - offshore

Date: 4 March 2010 Authors: Langston, R. 2010. Published in: RSPB Research Report No. 39. PDF, 1.87Mb.

Offshore wind farms and birds: Round 3 zones, extensions to Round 1 and Round 2 sites & Scottish Territorial Waters