Guidance - Assessing impacts to pink-footed and greylag geese from small-scale wind farms in Scotland

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.

Pages: 12
Published: 2014

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