RSPB Scotland has welcomed the approval of Lewis Wind Power’s application for a windfarm to the west of Stornoway on the Western Isles.
The wildlife conservation charity originally opposed the proposal but withdrew the objection following the develops decision to reduce the scale of the project from 42 turbines to 36, reducing its impact on local wildlife and the Lewis Peatlands special protection area (SPA), designated under the EU Bird Directive.
Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “Whilst this is not perfect, when compared with previous proposals for large scale wind power schemes in north Lewis, the Stornoway wind farm, as now approved, is a welcome improvement and we acknowledge the efforts made by Lewis Wind Power in this regard.
“We will continue to to work with the developer to ensure that the construction and operational impacts on wildlife are minimised and that the development is thoroughly monitored,” he continued.
“We strongly support the development of renewable energy, including windfarms, to help reduce the threat of climate change to wildlife in Scotland and across the world. However, these developments must be appropriately sited and should not pose a threat to local wildlife.”