Advice on marine renewables development

We will work with developers to find solutions that enable development and avoid natural heritage impacts.

Developers should assess the proposed site of any offshore development for impacts on:

  • marine species – such as mammals, seabirds and fish
  • marine habitats
  • coastal landscapes

Guidance for developers

Our Marine Energy Team handles all of the marine energy work we’re involved in. This includes offshore wind, wave, tidal stream and tidal barrage development proposals. As of April 2017, we also deal with development proposals beyond 12 nautical miles (previously handled by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee).

Our Planning Service Statement guides our involvement in marine energy casework.

We support an early approach to engagement with both developers and Marine Scotland.

Our guidance has been developed either within NatureScot or with Marine Scotland and/or the UK’s other country nature conservation agencies. Our guidance covers a range of topics, including Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Appraisal for proposed schemes

For guidance on specific topic areas, please refer to the guidance below.

General guidance

Birds guidance

Key impacts on birds relate to collision risk, displacement and barrier effects.

Marine mammals guidance

Key impacts on marine mammals relate to collision risk, underwater noise, displacement and entanglement.

Seascape, landscape and visual impacts guidance

In 2013, the Scottish Government consulted on marine plans for the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors. Regional locational guidance informed the plans for each sector.

Explore Scottish Government marine renewable energy research.

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Marine Energy

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