Wind Farm on Slieve Rushen, Co, Fermanagh

Energy cases

Working with government, statutory agencies, developers and stakeholders to ensure renewable energy schemes don't impact on surrounding wildlife sites.

We support both on and offshore renewable energy schemes provided they have no impact on the surrounding environment and wildlife, or if the effects are minimised through appropriate siting, design, construction and operation. Where these conditions can't be met and there will be negative effects on protected habitats and species, we will object to a scheme.


Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Aberdeen offshore demonstration wind farm

An application for an 11-turbine offshore wind farm north of Aberdeen has been consented by the Scottish Government.

 Humber estuary. Saltmarsh at Pyewipe, Grimsby.

Able Marine Energy Park

Campaigning to ensure that the Able UK Marine Energy Park is wildlife friendly and not detrimental to nature.

Closed The Humber Estuary
Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm

The implications of the wind farm on the areas birds and the nearby habitats needs to be fully assessed.

 Wind Farm on Slieve Rushen, Co, Fermanagh

Beinneun Wind Farm

A windfarm was proposed near Fort Augustus. We were initially concerned as the site is close to breeding common scoters.

Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Black Law Wind Farm

We worked closely with Scottish Power Renewables, to deliver considerable habitat mitigation to benefit breeding waders.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese | The RSPB flock over the Essex coast

Bradwell B

Plans for a nuclear power station on the Blackwater Estuary threaten internationally important species and habitats.

Clarkes Weaver male

Dakatcha Woodland

Fantastic news, permission for a biofuel project which could have destroyed Dakatcha Woodland has been refused.

Golden eagle adult flying in the Cairngorms

Eisgein Wind Farm, Lewis

Wind farm at Eisgein would threaten an important population of golden eagles and slow the spread of white-tailed eagles.

Black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys, Bird Island, South Georgia, South Atlantic

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are home to spectacular wildlife including important populations of seabirds and penguins.

Puffin peeking out from burrow

Forth and Tay Wind Farms

Four commercial scale offshore wind farms have been consented and proposals for more wind farms are in development.

Open Firth of Forth
Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Forthbank wind turbines, Clackmannanshire

We are pleased to report that planning permission for two turbines has been refused.

Closed Firth of Forth
Hen harrier Circus cyaneus, adult female perched on heather at Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve, Islay

Glen App and Loch Ree

Initial public consultation has been undertaken by Scottish Power Renewables, who hope to construct a large wind farm.


Glendye Windfarm

We have objected to this windfarm due to the very high collision risk for golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and red kite.


Hoy Wind Farm

Hoy windfarm on Orkney has been consented despite predicted substantial negative impacts a number of rare bird species.

Redshank at Brownsea Island Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve, Dorset

Hunterston Power Station

We are delighted Peel Energy announced a withdrawal of its application for the coal-fired power station at Hunterston.

 Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, taking off from water, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Hywind Scotland Pilot Park

In October 2015 consent was granted for five floating wind turbines approximately 25km off the coast of NE Scotland.

Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Moray Firth wind farms

Scottish Government is considering two offshore wind farm applications which represent large-scale development.

 Wind Farm on Slieve Rushen, Co, Fermanagh

Musdale Wind Farm, Argyll and Bute

We are concerned about a major wind farm proposal on a site which could have significant impacts on important species.

Pink footed geese Anser brachyrhyncus, in flight past wind turbines, Near Diepholz, Lower Saxony, Germany,

Navitus Bay Wind Park

We must work hard to ensure any renewable energy development is sited in the right place with minimal impact to nature.

Lighthouse on sea cliffs at Dunnet Head RSPB reserve, Caithness, near Thurso, Scotland

Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters – Wave & Tidal Renewable Energy

Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters offer significant renewable energy resources in the form of wave and tidal activity.

Flooded fields, Beckingham Marshes RSPB reserve, Nottinghamshire

Saundby Wind Farm

A proposal for wind turbines near Beckingham Marshes to ensure wildlife and reserve management is unharmed.

Minsmere RSPB Reserve, pond and sand martin bank

Sizewell C new nuclear power station, Suffolk

The Sizewell C development has the potential to have a major impact on one of the UK's most wildlife-rich areas.

Boulfruich Wind Farm, Houstry, Morven and / or Maiden Pap in the background, Caithness, Highland, Scotland

Spango Wind Farm

We are concerned that Community Windpower Limited is pursuing a wind farm project in an important wildlife site.

Causeymire Wind Farm, Achkeepster, Caithness, Highland region, Scotland

Stacain Wind Farm

The application for a 14-turbine windfarm at Stacain was refused by Scottish Ministers in October 2009.

David Douglas (Conservation Scientist) heads up a team looking into the effects of a wind farm on Golden plover Pluvialis apricaria, Sutherland, Scotland

Stornoway Wind Farm

Though we objected to proposals, removing turbines & providing impacts to be verified meant we could drop our objection.


Stornoway Windfarm (2019 Application)

A windfarm, which we objected to due to significant effects on birds of conservation concern, has been granted consent.

Red-throated diver, adult swimming, Shetland Isles

Strathy North

Scottish and Southern’s 33-turbine wind farm at Strathy North was consented although RSPB Scotland maintained objection.

Closed Strathy
Greenshank, Tringa nebularia. Brownsea Island Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve. Dorset, England

Strathy South

We objected to the 39-turbine windfarm and took part in a public inquiry but Scottish Ministers granted consent in 2018.

Closed Strathy

Strathy Wood

A wind farm likely to have a significant impact on protected birds & habitats has been consented by Scottish Ministers.

Closed Strathy
Whooper swans Cygnus cygnus, in flight at dusk, Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Lancashire

The Severn Estuary

The Severn Estuary and its wildlife is under threat from a proposal to build a tidal barrage to generate electricity.


Energy megasites

RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland.  November 10, 2010.

Strathy Windfarms

These lie near Scotland’s north coast in Flow Country, a vast expanse of peatland habitat of international importance.

 Humber estuary. Saltmarsh at Pyewipe, Grimsby.

The Humber Estuary

We are working to ensure that future development on the Humber complies with international law.