2010 report on visibility of built development in Scotland
Built development could be seen from 70% of the country in 2010, an increase of 1% from 2009 and 5% from 2008.
This is according to a new report published on Monday 13 May 2013 by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Government’s advisor on nature and landscape.
The 2010 Visual influence of built development National Indicator singles out wind turbines as the principal type of development behind the changes. Turbines were visible from 35.6% of the country in 2010 as opposed to 31.6% in 2009 and 19.9% in 2008.
Tall structures without turbines could be seen from 46.3% of the country. This figure remained unchanged between 2008 and 2010.
Ian Jardine, the SNH chief executive, said: “The purpose of this report is to reveal the changes affecting Scotland’s landscape as a result of built development. This is perhaps unsurprising given the importance of the renewable energy sector in Scotland.”
The report is available on the SNH website at www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/trends/scotlands-indicators/natural-heritage-indicators/