A milestone reached...
We’re over quarter of the way to our target folks! Thanks very much for your support and to all those of you who have generously donated to our campaign offline
Our court case begins on the 27th of this month…
As you know, in September last year Judge Lady Clark of Calton ruled that Scottish Ministers consent to the Viking Windfarm should be overturned on two counts. Due to the heavy cost of legal action we are only able to defend one of the two points on which the Scottish Government are appealing this decision:
- Ministers did not properly take account of their obligations under the EU Wild Birds Directive, specifically in relation to Whimbrel – a migratory wading bird
We are working with our legal team to ensure our response to the Scottish Ministers’ appeal is strong.
The Whimbrel is on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which affords them special protection whilst breeding. Currently it is in the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern. Shetland provides nesting grounds for around 95% of the UK population and there is a Special Protection Area for Whimbrel on the island of Feltar. Sadly, the Fetlar population is in decline, for reasons that are not yet fully understood. However, a significant proportion of the Shetland (and therefore the UK) population are now breeding successfully on the proposed windfarm site. Should the Viking Energy windfarm go ahead, this population would be threatened, along with Red Throated Divers and a host of other bird species.
Thanks to Andreas Trepte (http://www.photo-natur.de/) for use of this wonderful picture of the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
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