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Environmental Impact

There is a great deal of information about the impact of wind turbine power stations on birds, animals, pond / stream life and plants / flowers. Our research so far has concentrated on birds and is described the first section of this web page. Other sections will be added during the coming months. A more detailed account of the impact of wind turbines on birds is provided in “The Case Against Windfarms - Birds and Bats”, an authoritative, referenced document written by Dr John Etherington ( © Dr JR Etherington). The proposed site for the wind mast and wind turbines is 2000 metres from Chapel Mere, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) and an internationally important RAMSAR site. It is also within the water catchment area for the Barmere SSI.

These meres form part of Cheshire’s internationally important wetlands; they are significant for migratory birds and some that are included on the British Trust for Ornithology’s red list for birds of conservation concern including:

  • the great bittern
  • common scoter
  • marsh harrier
  • hen harrier
  • osprey
  • quailli

The cluster of meres has its own significant population of wintering birds listed below. These birds rove between the meres and adjoining farmland for roosting and access to feeding grounds.

  • lapwing
  • mallard
  • teal
  • golden-eye geese
  • Canada geese
  • greylag geese

The wind turbine proposals if approved will have a profound effect on the economic balance of the parties involved. Although developers may sometimes offer contributions to a community fund to compensate the community, these contributions are usually insignificant when compared with the damage to the local community and the profits generated for the land developer. More information will be added to this page during the coming weeks.