At Fred. Olsen Renewables we take our environmental responsibilities just as seriously as we do generating electricity. Landscape restoration is a vital part of our work and we have teams of ecologists and other specialists working to ensure the area is looked after well.
The environment around the wind farm.
Our wind farm sites in Scotland are typical of the environments that are suited to wind energy production across Europe. Many of our wind farms are located on upland moorland or forestry areas and the ecologists visit site on a regular basis to take detailed measurements of the water quality in the many burns (streams) that have been restored as part of the wind farm development.
Many of the water courses had become blocked or silted up over many years and the environmental work carried out by our team has meant many types of plant and animal life have returned to the moorlands. The work is carefully planned with The Upland Moorland Committee locally in Scotland and working with the RSPB, regular bird surveys are carried out.
In recent years the results have been encouraging and at Rothes Wind Farm for example, a breeding pair of hen harriers have returned to the moor following the work by the team. Ground nesting birds are now protected by the work the ecologists do in controlling vermin (which aren’t native to the moors), this in turn provides a stable food chain for hunting raptors such as the hen harriers.