Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

ScotWind could ‘accelerate some seabirds towards extinction’, warns RSPB

© Supplied by Steve Brown / DCT MeScotWind rspb
Puffins, Kittiwakes and gannets are among those at risk from new offshore wind farms.

A leading charity has expressed concerns about the potentially devastating impact of ScotWind on Scotland’s seabirds.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland says the scale of new offshore wind farms could “accelerate some seabird species towards extinction” unless there’s major action.

According to the organisation, the projects already approved in Scotland are forecast to “kill hundreds of seabirds”, ranging from Kittiwakes to Puffins.

And the new raft of developments, which will be greater in size, would “greatly increase” the impact on wildlife.

Crown Estate Scotland announced yesterday that 17 new offshore wind project ad been approved through the ScotWind process.

It means that hundreds of new turbines will be deployed around Scotland’s coast in the coming years.

Aedan Smith, head of policy and advocacy for RSPB Scotland, said: “Today’s announcement from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that huge new offshore windfarms have been granted leases by the Scottish Government shows the welcome scale of interest in developing in Scotland’s waters to address climate change, which is one of the greatest threats to wildlife and people. However, without major action from the Scottish Government, the scale of these new windfarms could cause greater harm to Scotland’s internationally important seabirds than the effects of climate change they are seeking to address and could also accelerate some seabird species towards extinction in Scotland.

“Offshore wind has an important role to play in helping halt climate change. However, the offshore wind projects already consented in Scotland are predicted to kill hundreds of seabirds like kittiwakes, gannets and puffins every year. The potential projects announced today would be many times bigger than those existing projects and would greatly increase those impacts.

“The First Minister has been clear that the biodiversity crisis is as important as the challenge on climate change and, as on climate change, she wants Scotland to be leading the way on protecting and restoring nature. This ambition to address the climate and nature emergency together matches RSPB Scotland’s aspirations, but if measures to address climate change fail to take account of potentially disastrous outcomes for biodiversity, then questions need to be asked. We will be seeking a meeting with the First Minister as soon as possible to get reassurance that today’s announcement on offshore wind will see Scotland leading the way on protecting and restoring Scotland’s seas for seabirds as well as delivering much-needed offshore wind.”

Recommended for you

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts