Bird numbers plummeted after a wind farm was built on breeding grounds in Sutherland over the objection of conservationists, researchers say. Construction of Gordonbush wind farm for the energy company SSE was followed by a drop of nearly 80 per cent in the number of golden plovers, a report found. Ministers approved the development in 2008 but ordered monitoring of the impact on bird numbers. The RSPB, which objected to the plans for Gordonbush, says the study confirms that wind farms should not be sited on breeding grounds used by wading birds such as plovers.
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