Rare bird blows wind farm plan off course

September 25, 2013
By Rod Mills

PLANS for a huge wind farm in Shetland have been blown off course – by a rare wading bird.

A judge’s ruling has left the 103-turbine scheme in limbo, over fears it could endanger the islands’ threatened whimbrel population.

When Viking Energy Partnership won permission for a £556million 103-turbine scheme in April, it was projected to be “one of the most productive wind farms in the world”. But now a judge has ruled that the decision should be set aside because it could threaten the fragile habitat of the whimbrel.

Lady Clark’s ruling came as campaign group Sustainable Shetland challenged the decision at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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