As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

RSPB Objects to proposed Killington Lake 433ft giant wind turbines

The RSPB has objected to the Banks Renewables planning application to install three giant wind turbines next to Killington Lake in Cumbria. The developer has calculated that 1 Osprey would collide with the Turbines every 3.5 years or 6.5 birds killed over the life of the scheme (25 years).

The RSPB are not comfortable with this figure bearing in mind that there are only 180 breeding pairs of Osprey in the UK (figure from BTO).  The RSPB are also very concerned with the impact these turbines will have on the 3000+ nesting pairs of Black Headed Gull which nest on Killington Lake. This is the largest nesting colony in Cumbria and at this level they make up 2.34% of the nationalpopulation. The colony is therefore of national significance based on established criteria for the selection of biological Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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