(Above) Wind turbine © Tony Bates
Following the announcement that the Navitus Bay Wind Farm has been rejected, this is Dorset Wildlife Trust's response:
“Renewable energy is essential to combating the risk that climate change poses to both people and wildlife, and we aim to be supportive of renewable energy schemes, provided they use the right technology and are situated in locations that are least damaging to wildlife and consider in full the cumulative effects with other proposed developments.
“On balance we felt that the wider benefit to wildlife of contributing towards mitigating global warming, climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification, which the Navitus Bay proposal could have provided, outweighed the risks we could identify.
"We considered that the scheme could, through demonstrating best practice and mitigation, minimise the impacts on wildlife. As such, it’s disappointing to see it fully rejected by the government, as the likely alternative will be the greater use of harmful fossil fuels, and developments which have a worse impact on wildlife overall.”