The perceived potential disturbance to Greenland white fronted geese by six, 600 kW wind turbines has stymied a small project planned for the Scottish island of Islay. After six months of deliberations, on March 22 the Scottish Office said a public inquiry should be held into the proposal, even though it is supported by islanders and by the Argyll and Bute District Council, Islay's planning authority. "The Scottish Office decision has come as a great shock," states the project's proposer, Windcluster, which specialises in community ownership of wind plant. Windcluster says an environmental study of the possible effect of the wind turbines on Islay's geese regarded it as "very unlikely" the birds would be bothered by the turbines.
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