Fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) are a finite resource, it is therefore essential to find renewable alternatives. BASC understands that, as part of a renewable energy strategy, wind farms are one of a number of possible options. Alternatives include tidal and wave power, burning energy crops and solar power. Wind power is popular at the moment because it is thought to be cost-effective. Other forms of renewable energy will become more popular in the future as commercial viability increases.
BASC does not oppose the development of wind farms as such, recognising the importance of sustainable energy. However, where wind farm developments threaten shooting, members will want to know how to make representation to either oppose or influence the development in some way.
Throughout the UK, wind farm developers have to follow a standard process before they can start to build. This involves making the public aware of the proposal; usually details are published in local papers, at libraries and other public buildings. Developers must produce and publish an environmental statement on the possible impact of the planned development. The environmental statement is open to public scrutiny, and will be commented on by the statutory conservation agencies (Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage) together with NGOs like the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts. It is at this stage that people who shoot can make representation.