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Wind farm in Nagle Mountains ‘threatens survival’ of hen harriers 

Credit:  Brian Mahon | The Times | Wednesday February 17 2021 | www.thetimes.co.uk ~~

A proposed 22-turbine wind farm in a Cork mountain range known as an “important breeding area” for hen harriers would threaten the birds’ existence, a conservation group has said.

The Nagle Mountains supports the equivalent of up to 8 per cent of the species’ estimated breeding population in Ireland. A 2015 study estimated there were up to 157 breeding pairs of the bird, a “strictly protected species” under EU law, in Ireland.

Coom Green Energy Park submitted a planning application for the wind farm directly to An Bord Pleanála as a “strategic infrastructure development” last December.

The Irish Raptor Study Group (IRSP), which carries out monitoring and research on raptors and owls, submitted a “strong objection” to the proposed development last week. It said the

Source:  Brian Mahon | The Times | Wednesday February 17 2021 | www.thetimes.co.uk

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