Sandwich Tern Nesting Habitat

Loch Ryan

Equinor, one of the UK’s leading energy providers, are evaluating prospects for the creation of a natural water-fed pool on Loch Ryan to encourage a local nesting population of Sandwich tern.

The Sandwich tern used to nest near to the proposed site until the early years of this century – this project is designed to help them return. Our plans centre on the creation of a natural water-fed pool – over one hectare in size – with a series of mini-islands to provide a safe and secure habitat for nesting that should prove attractive to the birds.

This proposal is part of a package of measures that we are putting in place across the UK to mitigate any potential impact of our offshore wind energy operations on Sandwich tern numbers. The Sandwich tern was, until relatively recently, nesting on the shore of the Loch at Scar Point. Encouraging them to return would be a significant boost to local biodiversity and the natural environment.

Our proposal

Our research has indicated that this site has the greatest potential for success for nesting Sandwich tern. Our preferred site, near Kirkcolm, is on land owned by Corsewall Estates – discussions with the estate about the project are ongoing.

Community Engagement Events

You are warmly invited to attend one of our first community exhibitions for the Sandwich tern Nesting Habitat Project on Loch Ryan, near Kirkcolm. This will be an opportunity to learn about our proposals, meet the team and give us your feedback. The details of the exhibitions are:

Tuesday 5 March
3pm - 7pm

Kirkcolm Public Hall
Church Road, Kirkcolm DG9 0NN

Wednesday 6 March
3pm - 7pm

Stranraer Millennium Centre
75 George Street, Stranraer DG9 7JP


October 23

Scoping request submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council

February 24
Community exhibitions
March 24
Second round of Community exhibitions
Q2 2024
Planning submission
Q3 2024
Planning decision
Environmental works commence
Target completion date

Who we are

Equinor is a multi-national energy company with a strong presence in the UK. We take a leading role in the energy transition to net zero through our offshore wind, solar, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects.

We help the UK to be a global leader in offshore wind. We currently operate three offshore wind farms: Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon wind farms off the coast of Norfolk, and the world’s first commercial floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland, off the coast of Peterhead.

We are also in the process of building the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, off the coast of Yorkshire.

By 2030, we will be producing enough power for 5 million British homes, making a significant contribution to the country’s net zero target.

However, we know our offshore wind farms can have the potential to impact on local bird populations and, as a company, we highly value biodiversity alongside our work to tackle climate change. That is why we are committed to undertaking biodiversity projects such as this one.