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Effects of displacement from marine renewable developments on seabirds breeding at the Isle of May

Effects of displacement from marine renewable developments on seabirds breeding at the Isle of May

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ISBN: 9781782560432

The project has produced a model which estimates the consequences of displacement and barrier effects on the time/energy budget of breeding seabirds.

Executive Summary

The project has developed a displacement model for adult Common guillemots (Uria aalge) rearing chicks on the Isle of May (part of Forth Islands SPA) in relation to the proposed offshore wind farm at Neart na Gaoithe. The model estimates the consequences of displacement and barrier effects on the time/energy budget of breeding birds.

The project provides valuable information on the applicability of this modelling approach to other species of seabird and additional offshore wind developments. The outputs of this project will assist developers and regulators to undertake modelling work for predicting potential effects from offshore energy developments as part of the Licensing processes for offshore energy projects. The project was undertaken by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) on behalf of Marine Scotland.