The purpose of this paper is to set out a common approach to assessing the effects of small-scale wind farms on greylag and pink-footed geese in Scotland, including:
- collision mortality;
- displacement from preferred feeding areas; and
- in extreme cases, possible barrier-type effects.
Collision mortality is the element of assessment that typically takes the most time and presents the greatest complexities for applicants and regulating authorities alike. This note sets out a new, rapid method to quantify the predicted mortality to geese without the need for bespoke vantage point (VP) surveys.