ScottishPower's 30 MW wind farm at Beinn an Tuirc on Kintyre has cleared the last consenting hurdle after the Secretary of State for Scotland granted his final approval. But a planning condition prevents ScottishPower erecting the turbines before August 2001. This is to allow a program of habitat management for golden eagles to take effect -- a measure required by Scottish Natural Heritage, one of the statutory parties to the consultation process. The moorland management scheme -- which is to cost ScottishPower £2 million over 25 years -- will encourage the eagles away from the turbines by improving conditions for the red grouse, the eagles' main prey, in an area to the north of the site. "It will take away collision risk and compensate for any loss of habitat of other birds," adds Alan Mortimer from ScottishPower.
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