Clyde Extension Wind Farm
RPS has provided the ornithological input into the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the proposed extension to the Clyde Wind Farm
The Clyde Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire is one of Europe’s largest consented wind farms, and a 54-turbine extension is planned to infill the area between the north and south sections.
RPS conducted a comprehensive series of baseline ornithological surveys agreed through consultation with stakeholders in order to be able to accurately determine any potential effects. A subsequent EIA was produced using the 3 years of baseline ornithological studies which Scottish Natural Heritage concluded was fit for purpose and under-pinned by robust data collection.
RPS identified that specific mitigation measures would be required to avoid significant adverse effects on breeding raptors, and have helped produce a Habitat Management Plan which aims to provide improved breeding conditions for a variety of species, including hen harrier, merlin, osprey, black grouse and ring ouzel.
RPS has continued to provide post-submission support via consultation with stakeholders and presentation of further information on evidence of effects on particular species at operational wind farms, plus 3D graphic representations of the location of nest sites in relation to wind farm infrastructure.