The Court of Session in Edinburgh has ruled that the Scottish Government acted lawfully when it gave planning permission for four offshore wind farms off the firths of Forth and Tay.

Scotland’s highest civil court rejected an appeal against the planning decision from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The conservation charity had argued that the wind turbines would kill thousands of puffins and other seabirds.

The Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects had been given the green light by ministers in 2014.

‘Amongst the most-deadly wind farms for birds’

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “Combined, these four huge projects threaten to kill thousands of Scotland’s internationally-protected seabirds every year, including thousands of puffins, gannets and kittiwakes.

“These could be amongst the most-deadly wind farms for birds anywhere in the world. 

“We will now need to take some time to consider this judgment in detail and consider its wider implications before commenting further.”

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