Quantifying the Relative Use of Coastal Waters by Breeding Terns: Towards Effective Tools for Planning & Assessing the Ornithological Impact of Offshore Wind Farms

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Title: Quantifying the Relative Use of Coastal Waters by Breeding Terns: Towards Effective Tools for Planning & Assessing the Ornithological Impact of Offshore Wind Farms
Publication Date:
June 01, 2010
Document Number: TERN-07-08
Pages: 156
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Perrow, M.; Gilroy, J.; Skeate, E.; Mackenzie, A. (2010). Quantifying the Relative Use of Coastal Waters by Breeding Terns: Towards Effective Tools for Planning & Assessing the Ornithological Impact of Offshore Wind Farms. Report by ECON Ecological Consultancy. pp 156.
Abstract: 

The potential impact of the development of offshore wind farms (OWFs) upon seabird populations is a key issue within the current debate on sustainable energy provision. Terns, (Sterna spp. and Sternula albifrons), especially when on their breeding grounds, have emerged as sensitive receptors in many consented and planned OWF projects. To date, information on the interaction of terns with OWFs has remained scant due to a lack of understanding of the foraging ecology of terns especially at specific sites and the inability of standard assessment tools to define the relative use of specific areas by foraging terns

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