Disappointment at size of Shetland’s consented ‘Viking’ wind farm

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The Scottish Government has approved the construction of 103 turbines by the Viking Energy developmenton Shetland – this has been greeted with disappointment by RSPB Scotland.

Whilst the developer has made welcome and considerable effort to reduce the potential impact of the initial proposal – reducing the number of turbines from an initial proposal of 200 to 103 – we believe the scale of the development should have been reduced still further to reduce the risk of harm to rare species including whimbrel and red-throated divers, for which Shetland is a UK stronghold.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) – Photo by Andreas Trepte – This development will put birds such as the whimbrel at risk

Read full article, which was written and published by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

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