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Offshore Wind Farm Orders

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th December 2003.

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Photo of Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment has been made of the potential damage to the bird life from the decision in the Lynn (S.I. 2003/2829); the Norfolk (S.I. 2003/2830); and the Inner Dowsing (S.I. 2003/2831) Offshore Wind Farm Orders to paint nacelles and blades submarine grey; and what organisations were consulted about these orders.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

My department is financing a number of bird studies associated with offshore wind farm developments but nothing is planned on the impact of colour on bird strikes. The requirement to paint nacelles and blades submarine grey was necessary to minimise visual intrusion when the wind farms are viewed from the shore. Each developer will have consulted widely on the proposed development but consultees on the draft orders included the relevant local council, port and water authority, the Chamber of Shipping, Countryside Agency, the Crown Estate, English Heritage, English Nature, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal Yachting Association, Radiocommunications Agency, RSBP, the Trinity House Lighthouse Service and a number of government departments.

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