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First Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) Programme Symposium: Potential Interactions of Marine Renewables and Seabirds — Strategic Research for Scotland



Marine Scotland’s ScotMER programme is supporting the Scottish Government’s ambitions for sustainable offshore renewable energy developments in Scotland’s seas. The First ScotMER symposium focuses on Scotland’s seabird species and will showcase recent research and new methods being developed to understand the potential interactions between marine renewables and seabirds.


This one day event will be an opportunity to learn about:

  • The Scottish Marine Energy Research Programme (ScotMER)
  • Collision Risk Modelling
    • Use of LiDAR technology to measure seabird flight heights
    • Stochastic collision risk modelling
    • Thanet research
  • Disturbance and displacement
    • Short term disturbance of waterbirds
    • Displacement on breeding sea birds
    • Diving behaviour of seabirds
  • Non breeding season movements of seabirds
  • Population modelling to estimate consequences from marine renewables


This ScotMER symposium, held in Edinburgh, will welcome stakeholders from industry, government, nature conservation bodies, and academia, providing an excellent forum to discuss current and future seabird research and the work of ScotMER.


Symposium programme

  • A Stochastic Collision Risk Model for Seabirds in Flight - Ross McGregor (HiDef) and Carl Donovan (DMP Stats)
  • Finding out the fate of displaced birds - Francis Daunt (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - CEH)
  • Attribution of seabirds to breeding colonies: a comparison and evaluation of possible approaches - Adam Butler (BioSS)
  • Regional Population Viability Analysis for Key Bird Species - Kate Searle (CEH)
  • Use of LiDAR for Measuring Flight Heights - Aonghais Cook (British Trust for Ornithology - BTO)
  • Short-term behavioural responses of wintering waterbirds to marine activity - Liz Humphreys (BTO Scotland)
  • A teamwork approach to track auk movements in the nonbreeding period - Bob Furness (MacArthur Green)
  • Taking movement data to new depths: the use of high frequency tracking data to reveal seabirds' movement patterns across scales - Marianna Chimienti (University of Aberdeen and Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • At-sea activity of Black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa Tridactyla) reveals dispersal strategies and exposure to anthropogenic pressures - Pia Ricca (University of Aberdeen)
  • Quantifying multi-scaled avoidance of five seabird species to an offshore wind farm - Robin Ward (NIRAS)

The symposium programme has been selected by the organisers to showcase studies supported through ScotMER by the Scottish Government. As such we do not have places available for additional papers to be presented.


For further information please contact Tom Evans tom.evans@gov.scot +44 (0)131 24 42028

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