Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) last published their wind farm maps in August 2013. As mentioned in my previous blog post rumours abound as to why they have not been forthcoming in issuing the up-to-date maps showing the Scottish wind farms - Installed, Approved, Applied For and Scoping. Could it be that the map will be so shocking it might just sway voters in the coming elections?
However, I have been sent the map showing just this information, not by SNH, but from Alex Major, who used to work in the team that developed these maps at SNH. He wants to make it clear that this information is freely available at https://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/ and Natural Spaces - Scottish Natural Heritage
Take a close look at areas you are familiar with. Close your eyes and remember what they looked like the last time you visited. And now open them again and see the true horror that is the result of the Scottish Government’s insane energy policy. Click on the map. It will blow up much larger in a new window.
NOTE! THIS IS THE SECOND ITERATION OF THE MAP WHICH ALSO SHOWS THE LAND THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED AS ‘WILD LAND’
CLICK TO ENLARGE. THIS MAP ALSO SHOWS AREAS DESIGNATED ‘WILD LAND’
IF YOU WISH TO DOWNLOAD A FULL SIZE VERSION OF THIS MAP CLICK HERE
It’s not a pretty sight, is it? Alex assures me that you can display this information on Google Earth as the information can be downloaded as a kml file. It is obvious that as yet SNH do not have all the wind farm information. For instance, I can see that the data for Aberchalder and Bunnloin haven’t made it to SNH yet. And of course, this map does not show the thousands of individual turbines that litter Scotland like confetti.
Quite why SNH has not published this data is surely worth pursuing. They are a publicly funded organisation and have a remit to be transparent as the data is publicly owned. Their behaviour disgusts me.