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Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: habitat regulations appraisal

Published: 18 Dec 2019
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Energy, Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781839603754

The habitats regulations appraisal is completed in accordance with the Habitats Regulations that implement the EC Habitats and Birds Directives in UK waters and has been completed for the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind.

Contents
Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: habitat regulations appraisal
3 Summary of Stage 5

3 Summary of Stage 5

3.1.1 At the pre-screening stage a total of 652 European/Ramsar sites were presented for potential consideration. However, following agreement of the DPO locations, a rationalised screening list based solely on the inclusion of all European/Ramsar sites within a 100 km buffer of the DPOs resulted in 329 sites (Table C1). Additional sites were added or removed according to the screening methodologies, resulting in a total of 468 European/Ramsar sites being taken forward to the assessment.

Table 1: Screening summary

Site  Initial screening list
(within 100 km buffer)
Total screened in
following further steps
SAC* 142 267
SPA** 138 150
Ramsar 49 51
Total 329 468

*includes all cSACs and SCIs
**includes all pSPAs

3.1.2 Of the 468 sites a total of 107 non-UK sites were screened in due to the presence of features (cetaceans or birds) with ranges that regularly exceed 100 km. 


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