A condition of the Beauly Denny line was contained in Section 13 and section 28. (a) – (f) whereby work is prohibited during the Osprey breeding season (April to August) where it would result in disturbance to nest sites in the working area for this very rare species of bird. In the Kilmorack and Ruttle Wood district there are two such nest sites but that has not stopped SSE and their contractors going ahead with wiring the new conductors which includes the use of helicopters. RSPB and SNH have both been appraised of the situation but have done nothing as has Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit. The Highland Council has taken some action which has resulted in a local bird expert being requested to present an urgent report. And anyone who thought that conditions of consent were to be adhered to must now realise that the interests of the wind energy companies over-rides all such conditions, UNLESS WE SHOUT VERY LOUDLY. A condition was attached not only on Osprey but on Hooper Swans and yet delays in work have meant that SSE, the company recently fined £10million for dishonest practices seem to think that they are above the law. RSPB, or should we say the Royal Society for the Protection of Wind Farms, have been complacent at best. In fact all the bodies have prevaricated and delayed, no doubt hoping that by the time they make some statement they can mitigate it by saying that SSE have now finished their work.
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