If you go down to the woods today, ye’ll maybe get a nasty surprise…

Came across this job opportunity…

Jobs created by a wind farm as described in the planning application for the newly built plant Little Raith:-

‘Bird Surveyor’

* Visit A: Arrive mid-morning, make a count of the number of geese and other birds feeding at the site looking for goose and other bird carcasses.

* Visit B: Arrive mid-afternoon, make a count of the number of geese and other birds feeding at the site looking for goose and other bird carcasses.

(Wonder if it entails killing off the ones who aren’t dead yet?)

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Not only is it a real job but they have a trial period in order to evaluate the efficiency of the ‘Scavenger Removal’:-

[Scavenger Removal and Search Efficiency: In order to calibrate scavenger removal then carcasses of several suitable size birds (e.g. pheasants or geese) will be distributed by the surveyor around the wind farm, The surveyor will return to the site every other day for a 2 week period to see how long the carcasses remain there. If all the carcasses are removed within 4 days then the surveyor will repeat the test but this time returning every day to check the carcasses. Whilst setting up the scavenger removal test the surveyor will also test the visibility of carcasses at various distances in order to calibrate search efficiency. It should be noted that in order to reliably measure search efficiency the corpses will be positioned by a different person to that undertaking the trial.]

If you want to check out the full document (pdf file, 2 pages), you can access it at:

http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/files/CB74A72CBD43EBE89CA500625715E3BC/pdf/08_01053_WEIA-POST_CONSTRUCTION_BIRD_MONITORING_SCHEME-637478.pdf

(The http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/ site can be a bit touchy, so you may have to enter the Ref. Details provided below.)

Guess I won’t be taking my granddaughter for a walk down there in a hurry!

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Reference: 08/01053/WEIA

Planning » Application Summary:

08/01053/WEIA | Erection of 9 wind turbine generators in revised positions to locations permitted under planning permission No.04/04266/WEIA, increase permitted turbine height, construction of substation building and erection of 80m anemometry mast, formation of access tracks and ancillary development. Wind Farm Little Raith Farm North Of Auchtertool Fife.

Documents:

http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=JZ1RRMHF02700

POST CONSTRUCTION BIRD MONITORING SCHEME:

http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/files/CB74A72CBD43EBE89CA500625715E3BC/pdf/08_01053_WEIA-POST_CONSTRUCTION_BIRD_MONITORING_SCHEME-637478.pdf

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9 Comments

    • McKintosh

      November 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      @ Gary. Not trying to tell you anything Gary, what you read into it is your choice. If you think that it’s a good idea to distribute carcasses around the wind farm, again, its your choice.

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    • McKintosh

      November 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      @ Gary. Well, she’s only 5 yrs young and I wouldn’t want to upset her… and it would upset me also. I happen to prefer seeing live birds… just a choice thing.

      Reply

    • Josie

      November 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Gary would you take your family to see dead birds because that is what you’re implying. Idiot.

      Reply

  1. FifeWindFarms

    November 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Of course the developers when publishing press releases never highlight how their ‘green’ technology acts as bird mincers.

    Reply

  2. windymiller

    December 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Being a technician on windfarms i will let you all into a little secret.

    Big wind turbines dont actually kill all that many birds! Working on a wind farm with 68 machines and hub heights of 85m over a 2 year period only recorded 5 bird strikes. now ive never had to wade through carcasses to get to a turbine!

    Ive seen more dead birds struck by cars on a daily basis than on wind farms.

    Reply

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