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2008-2009, ECON Ecological Consulting Ltd., Quantifying the relative use of coastal waters by breeding terns

2008-2009, ECON Ecological Consulting Ltd., Quantifying the relative use of coastal waters by breeding terns

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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.
The current project aimed to advance the use of a series of methodological and assessment
tools, some of which were initially developed in the Greater Wash SEA area (funded by
Centrica/AMEC) with others developed specifically in this project. In essence, this involved a
move towards an individual-based approach.

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towards effective tools for planning and assessing the ornithological impact of offshore wind farms, Report