Concerned Anglers Assured By Renowned Fish Scientist

by Aimee Lawrence

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Anglers NetRenewable firm angles for PR Scotland on specialist website.

Hamilton based developer, Banks Renewables featured in the Anglers Net website after calling in one of Scotland’s leading fish scientists, Richard McMullan to review concerns from worried anglers relating to a proposed wind farm development.

Richard produced a detailed report on his findings which assures fly fishing enthusiasts at Kype Angling Club that the wind farm will not pose a significant adverse effect on the populations of stocked brown trout Salmo trutta and other trout species, or the angling amenity in Kype Reservoir, South Lanarkshire. 

Richard, Director/Principal Scientist of Motherwell-based Eco-Fish Consultants Ltd, said: “I have devoted my professional life to protecting Scotland’s fish stocks and helping them to flourish. 

“Having reviewed this situation in detail, I am confident the proposed wind farm at Kype Muir, would have no adverse effect on the health and numbers of the stocked fish in Kype Reservoir or the native species in the tributaries that adjoin the reservoir.”

Kype Muir Angling club was founded in 1983 and has opposed plans for the 26 turbine wind farm, which could generate energy to power 58,000 homes, and would remove 117,500 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, that would normally be released by producing that energy by non-renewable means. 

Phil Dyke, development director at Hamilton-based Banks Renewables said the company had commissioned the independent report because it was keen to win the trust and backing of the anglers. 

“The angling club will be one of our closest neighbours and while we understand their concerns, we hope this report, by one of Scotland’s leading independent experts, will allay their concerns and allow us to move forward positively.”

The full article can be read on the Anglers Net website and was secured on behalf of Banks Renewables thanks to Holyrood Partnership.

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