Scotland's birdlife has been famous for centuries and is internationally important. This is reflected in the range of species and sites that are protected.
Birds can be disturbed and displaced by development activity and development can sometimes result in the permanent loss of bird habitat. As a result, the breeding success of birds, and ultimately their numbers and distribution, can be adversely affected. Most birds are protected from such disturbance by the law.
Identifying how birds are using a site is key to working out how to avoid adverse impacts. In some cases, it will be possible to enhance bird habitat as part of the development but occasionally you may need to look at other locations.
How we can help
We have developed guidance to help planners and developers take proper account of the possible impacts of different types of development on birds. This guidance includes:
- assessing impacts of windfarms on birds
- birds with special protection
- Special Protection Areas for birds
- disturbance distances for selected bird species
- Guidance on Assessing Connectivity with Special Protection Areas (SPAs)(2011). This guidance provides information on dispersal and foraging distances for a range of bird species which, as qualifying interests of SPAs, are frequently encountered during the consideration of plans and projects. This information should help in the identification of potential connectivity. The information on dispersal and foraging distances in this guidance is supported by a Literature Review.
- Guidance on the Assessment and mitigation of impacts of power lines and guyed meteorological masts on birds . This guidance document provides advice on how to assess the potential impacts on birds of proposed overhead power lines. It includes advice on mitigating risk of collisions both with power lines and with guyed meteorological masts. The target audience for this document includes developers and their ecological consultants, SNH staff and those within the consenting authorities.
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