RSPB Scotland has welcomed Dumfries and Galloway's Council's rejection of plans for a new wind farm near Sanquhar.
The council's planning committee today turned down an application from Community Windpower Ltd for 14 turbines on the Spango Windfarm.
RSPB Scotland said the proposed development, which would have been located on part of the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (SPA), threatened to damage an internationally important wildlife site that's home to birds including the hen harrier and short-eared owl.
Planners at Dumfries and Galloway Council had recommended refusal for the proposal following a number of outstanding objections, including those from RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Anti-turbine campaigners in the Borders say proposals to revamp planning rules for windfarm sites do not go far enough.
The Scottish Government says they are considering changing the rules so turbines would have to be built further away from towns and villages.
They are also considering outlawing them in national parks and scenic areas.
They want to hear what the public thinks of the plans
Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway are voting on whether to buy wind turbines, so that the council can then sell energy back to the National Grid and offset its carbon emissions.
Opponents say the region is already blighted by wind farms.
A national body opposing windfarms wil be launched in London today and events supporting it will be held across the UK including in Cumbria. More than 30 wind energy schemes have already been consented in the county and a further 45 have been proposed.
More than 15 opposition groups have been created in Cumbria against wind turbines.Representatives and supporters of wind turbine opposition groups from across Cumbria will meet county councillors in Kendal to restate their opposition to win farms.