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.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Councillors 'disgusted' by Navitus Bay windfarm over concerns about migratory birds

COUNCILLORS say they are “disgusted” by the controversial Navitus Bay Wind Farm plans because of the potentially destructive impact on migratory birds.

If approved, the Navitus Bay project will result in a maximum of 218 wind turbines up to 650ft high within an area that incorporates four Sites of Special Scientific Interest and three sites for protected birds.

An assessment carried out by Navitus concluded that construction at the Avon Valley Special Protection Area would have a “significant” impact on 76 bird species.

Deputy Mayor Phil Stanley Watts stressed the need to have a complete wildlife impact study and said the current report is “flawed, incomplete and lacking in information”.

He said: “I am disgusted that nobody has really picked up the colossal potential damage to the wildlife, especially the many endangered species of birds. “The giant wind turbines will slaughter huge numbers and I feel Navitus Bay have not done their duty to the wildlife. I would like to see the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds voice a strong objection.”

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