Scottish Government Marine Research has carried out research which gives new insights on seabird behaviour and best practice methods for licensing. This will help government and industry better understand the implications of marine renewables on seabirds.
The papers, which have been produced through the Scottish Government’s Scottish Marine Research Energy Programme (ScotMER) used a mixture of new analyses, modelling and GPS tracking and breeding colony data.
The research provides more information about seabirds including their behaviour at sea, improved estimates of their survival rates and better understanding of the links between habitats and breeding colonies. This will inform new guidance on seabird population analysis and map how sensitive certain populations can be to potential offshore wind locations.
Find out more on the Marine Scotland blog