RSPB have announced today, 24/3/09, that as a new policy they will not raise objections to wind farms out with areas they describe as not in conflict with wildlife. They recommend the use of sensitivity maps to identify these areas where large scale wind developments would be in conflict with wild life. The maps below were commissioned by RSPB in Scotland in 2006. Source publication (PDF format, 1.36MB) is available here at RSPB
As you can see, the darker the area, the more sensitive bird life is to development. Shetland, proposed site of largest wind farm in Europe, is very dark. As stated in the RSBS own reports, the main concerns are "notably collision mortality and disturbance displacement". The problem is that windfarms, especially the construction phase, adversely affects birds, especially species such Red Throated Divers.
Sustainable Shetland is a campaign group formed in March 2008 in response to a proposal for a large scale wind farm in Shetland. We believe these large industrial projects are damaging to our environment. We believe that the Viking Energy wind farm endangers Shetland Community Funds, project costs are underestimated and project income grossly over stated.
We believe that the Viking Energy proposals are everything we do not need in Shetland: they are financially risky and potentially damaging to the Shetland environment.
We want to see sustainable renewable energy projects in Shetland which are fit for scale and fit for purpose, and provide real community benefit.
We are not an "anti windfarm" campaign. However we are strongly opposed to the Viking wind farm proposal. Other projects will be considered on their own merits.