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Scotland to unveil new wind farm guide to protect birds

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 May 2014

The Scottish Government in collaboration with various companies and charities will unveil a new wind farm guide that intends to protect birds.

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The Scottish Wind farm Bird Steering Group (SWBSG), which comprises the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Renewables and RSPB Scotland, has already invested over £50,000 on a series of studies about how birds interact with wind farms.

The good practice guide, which will be unveiled by the group at a summit in Perth on 13 May 2014, will look at how bird population and the habitats they depend on can be more effectively managed.

The guide will be based on the research projects being carried out by Stirling and Newcastle universities examining the long term impact of wind farm developments on birds.

Commenting on the development of the guide, Scotland Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said it as an important step forward, demonstrating that the renewables industry and conservation groups are working together to help the conservation of bird populations throughout the country.

"It is particularly encouraging to see the focus from the group to base the guide on real evidence rather than on speculation. By working closely with the industry I am sure they will produce a practical guide for the future," Wheelhouse said.

SWBSG chairman Colin Galbraith said the renewables industry is acutely aware of the need to protect the environment and the guide will provide it with additional tools for its work.

"By involving industry and conservation groups in its production, the guide will build on existing monitoring of bird populations and data-sharing initiatives, as well as providing a unique overview and insight into the techniques used to manage habitats for birds around wind farms," Galbraith said.

Image: The Scottish Wind farm Bird Steering Group has already invested £50,000 on a series of studies how birds interact with wind farms. Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.