Several groups including BirdLife International, Nature Kenya, Kenya Bird of Prey Trust and The Peregrine Fund have expressed concerns over a proposed wind farm to be constructed in Kajiado County, Kenya.
Their concerns center around the fact the Kipeto Wind Energy Project site is in close proximity to the nesting sites of two species of critically endangered vultures.
Kwenia Cliffs, Kenya’s third largest nesting site of the Rüppell’s Vulture, is located less than nine miles away. The White-Backed Vulture colony is only six. The groups believe the wind turbines could severely impact both these species, already on the verge of extinction.
The project area lies along the north-south ridge of the Rift Valley Escarpment, which is a prime location for migratory species including globally endangered Steppe Eagles as well as Amur Falcons, Eurasian Hobbys, Lesser Kestrels and White Storks.