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More research needed before Aberdeen Bay wind farm plans are given the green light  

Credit:  The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, www.rspb.org.uk 1 November 2011 ~~

RSPB Scotland has announced that it has objected to proposals to build an offshore wind farm off Aberdeen Bay.

The conservation charity has expressed concerns over certain aspects of the planning application for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of Aberdeen.

The area is currently home to seabirds, as well as waterfowl, most notably rarer species such as common scoter and red-throated diver.

In its consultation response submitted yesterday (31st October), RSPB Scotland sought clarification on the development’s predicted impacts – especially the likelihood of birds colliding with turbines – upon certain species. It also recommended some changes to the project’s design and construction, which it believes are necessary to minimise impacts to wildlife, and on the operation of the development as a test centre into the environmental impacts of offshore windfarms.

Ian Francis, RSPB Scotland Area Manager for North East Scotland, said: “From an early stage, we have held many discussions with the developers, and we acknowledge the efforts they have made to reduce its scale and change the layout of the turbines, which has helped. However, more planning, research and monitoring is needed to ensure we truly understand the impact this site may have on local birds. The bay is an important area of many species. Since this is a European funded test centre, it is crucial that a thorough research programme is developed to help understand how this and the many forthcoming offshore wind farms can reduce their impacts on birds and other marine wildlife.”

Source:  The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, www.rspb.org.uk 1 November 2011

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