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Golden eagles sink wind farm plan

Golden eagle
The turbines were judged a danger to golden eagles in Argyll and Bute

Plans to build a wind farm in Argyll and Bute have been turned down after Scottish ministers decided it would pose a threat to golden eagles.

WPR Wind Ltd first sought permission in 2005 to build the 14-turbine Stacain wind farm, near Inveraray.

A public inquiry was held after objections from Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland.

Ministers agreed that "wind turbines would introduce a risk of collision for golden eagles".

The decision was welcomed by Andy Robinson, RSPB Scotland conservation officer for Argyll and Bute.

"We need more wind farms but not at any cost to the natural environment," he said.

"We are glad that a sensible decision has been made in relation to this wholly inappropriate and potentially damaging development.

"The decision confirms the importance of this area for golden eagles.

"We must deliver much needed renewable energy where it doesn't harm Scotland's most precious wildlife."



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