[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Windfarm firm says it welcomes new wildcat surveys 

Credit:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | 18 March 2015 | www.thecourier.co.uk ~~

Developers behind a proposed 14-turbine windfarm on the borders of Angus and Perthshire say they “welcome the opportunity” to review whether wildcats live in the area.

At the weekend,The Courier published footage of protected species near the Saddle Hill development north of Kilry.

Along with raptors, the animals are enshrined in national guidance, forbidding the development of windfarms near sensitive sites.

Conservationists believe there are only 35 wildcats remaining in Scotland.

The proposed Saddle Hill windfarm – almost three miles north-west of Kilry – would comprise up to 14 turbines (2MW) with a height of 377ft.

Campaigners believe the footage, shot by Ben Sutcliffe at nearby Cray House, could be enough to scupper Wind Prospect Developments Ltd’s plans.

The firm, on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables, has submitted a planning application to both Angus Council and Perth and Kinross Council.

It says its initial investigations and those of consultee Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) had not revealed the animal’s presence.

Project manager Rory Carmichael said: “As part of our investigations into the site, a number of environmental field surveys were carried out and the results were submitted alongside the planning application for the project.

“These surveys found no evidence of wildcat activity at the proposed site.

“In addition, feedback from consultees on the scope of our investigations did not highlight the area as being a possible designated hotspot for wildcats.

“However, we would welcome the opportunity to review further details of this recent sighting, or other evidence of wildcats in the area.

“We have also written to SNH to say we would welcome the inclusion of additional, pre-construction surveys for wildcat and other protected species, should the scheme be given planning consent.

“If any wildcats are found to be regularly using the site, we would develop a Habitat Management Plan, which would include measures that would be beneficial for wildcats.”

Source:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | 18 March 2015 | www.thecourier.co.uk

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon