The Scottish Wildlife Trust has today objected to the Clyde extension wind farm in the Upper Clyde Valley. If consented, the 57 turbine wind farm could hold the dubious record for the highest risk of collisions to pink-footed geese in the UK. It is estimated that there will be about 214 pink-footed goose fatalities per year. The wind farm would also cause significant damage to a European protected blanket bog habitat.
Dr Maggie Keegan of the Scottish Wildlife Trust said:
“This Clyde extension wind farm would spell disaster for internationally important birds such as pink-footed goose and merlin. If the Scottish Government gives the go ahead they would be in clear breach of Section 1 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.
“This wind farm would have the dubious distinction of having the highest risk of pink-footed goose collisions in the UK. The 57 turbines would also significantly damage sensitive blanket bog which is a European protected habitat – even the developers admit this will be the case. We urge the Scottish Government to agree with us that the damage to wildlife is unacceptable and to throw out this application.”