A study into whether seabirds can avoid hitting wind turbines is to be carried out off the Aberdeenshire coast.

The 11-turbine farm was the focus of a lengthy planning battle involving Donald Trump who argued it would spoil the view from his golf resort at Menie.

Previous wildlife impact studies have focused on proposed wind farms rather than ones already up and running.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) began generating electricity in July.

Operated by Swedish company Vattenfall, it features the world’s most powerful wind turbines.

The research is part of a €3m (£2.7m) investment in scientific research at the site.

Mr Trump battled unsuccessfully in the courts to halt the project before he became US president and has been an outspoken critic of the impact of wind turbines on the landscape.


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