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Seabirds and Offshore Windfarms – Evidence Review

MacArthur Green has published a report reviewing the current body of knowledge relating to a number of seabird species. The aim is to identify key knowledge gaps in assessing the impact of offshore wind farms on these species.

The literature review, ‘Qualifying impact assessments for selected seabird populations: A review of recent literature and understanding’, was commissioned by renewable energy firms Vattenfall, Statkraft and ScottishPower Renewables and prepared by Professor Bob Furness, Principal Ornithologist at MacArthur Green.

It assesses the level of current understanding in five priority areas, including collision risk modelling, displacement/barrier effects and monitoring effects. It focuses on the following seabird species and populations:

·         Gannet (Bio-geographic, UK, and Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA);

·         Kittiwake (Bio-geographic, UK, and Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA);

·         Lesser black-backed gull (Bio-geographic, UK, and Alde-Ore Estuary SPA);

·         Non-breeding great black-backed gull (Bio-geographic and UK);

·         Guillemot (Bio-geographic, UK, and Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA);

·         Razorbill (Bio-geographic, UK, and Flamborough and Filey Coast pSPA); and

·         Non-breeding red-throated diver (Bio-geographic, and Outer Thames Estuary SPA).

The review highlights areas where further research is required and will be of interest to all those involved in the offshore renewables sector.  

It is available here.