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Bird club hears turbine plans  

Members of Shetland Bird Club are no nearer to finding out the impact that the proposed windfarm on Shetland will have on the island’s bird population.

At a meeting held in the town hall on Wednesday night members of the bird club were keen to put questions to David Thomson and Aaron Priest from Viking Energy when they gave a presentation outlining plans for the windfarm.

Honorary President of Shetland Bird Club, Dennis Coutts said:”We were given a detailed presentation but it was not really detailed enough in terms of effects on the red throated diver population and flight paths for example. It is not just the height and noise of the wind turbines, even the aesthetics will have an effect on the birds. The aesthetics of the scheme were not raised.”

Chairman of the Shetland Bird Club, Martin Heubeck said: “We are still waiting for more detailed plans and maps to be prepared. Whilst David Thomson and Aaron Priest gave an excellent presentation we can still only only speculate at this time as to the true impact on birdlife in the islands. It is very frustrating as so many aspects of the windfarm could have an influence.”

Secretary for the Bird Club, Reinhoud Norde said: “I feel that the meeting was an overall success considering that we do not have all the information to hand at this time. A technical report has not yet been published. The presentation was helpful but the bird club will be able to put forward many more of their concerns when we see an environmental impact assessment.”

By Laura Friedlander

shetlandtoday.co.uk

30 March 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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