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Wind farm proponent plays down bird impact  

Energy company WestWind says an 80-turbine wind farm it wants to build near Lal Lal, south of Ballarat in western Victoria, will have little impact on the region’s birds.

Studies paid for by the company found farm birds are the most common in the area, and while wedge-tailed eagles also fly in the district, the study said the wind farm should not impact them.

A WestWind spokesman, Grant Flynn, says the company went to great lengths to make sure there were not any owls in the area.

“Went out, middle of the night, played owl calls to see whether the owls would call back at all and also to look for holes in trees that the owls might nest in, and even to the extent of looking for possums and things like that, which is the favoured food of these quite large owls,” he said.

ABC Ballarat

29 June 2007

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