Forth and Tay windfarm proposal
The Scottish Seabird Centre is extremely disappointed with the legal decision on 16 May 2017 to permit the proposed Forth/Tay windfarm developments. With internationally important seabird breeding colonies in the area we are deeply concerned about the significant number of seabird fatalities that will result from this potential development.
We have been working in partnership with RSPB Scotland for several years to help raise awareness and, where appropriate, objections to the proposal.
On the RSPB blog, it states: “With great reluctance, and having explored all our other options, we initiated a legal challenge in January 2015. We were initially successful with this challenge in the Outer House of the Court of Session but Scottish Ministers decided to appeal. The decision on that appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session has been announced today (16 May 2017).””
Unfortunately, the appeal was successful.
For the full blog post from RSPB Scotland click HERE.
For the Seabird Centre team this was very disappointing news. While we support appropriate renewable energy projects to help reduce climate change, these need to be in locations that do not cause major threats to wildlife. Wildlife tourism is also well established in this part of Scotland and brings important socio-economic benefits and opportunities with it.
A recent variation to the application for the consented Neart Na Gaoithe windfarm development, which lies 15.5km off East Fife Ness, has been made. The variation to design is minor and whilst it may result in a slight reduction in the level of impact on seabird populations; especially gannet, kittiwake and herring gull, these reductions do not significantly alter our position that the overall number of seabird fatalities is unacceptable. We have therefore re-stated our position to Marine Scotland and emphasised that there must be a robust Environmental Management Plan in place to ensure that impacts are continually assessed during construction and operation and to trigger appropriate mitigation.
Any updates moving forward will be shared with our members and supporters. For further information please get in touch email@example.com