Major study finds wind farms do not damage bird populations

A major new study has found that onshore wind farms are not causing long term damage to bird populations, as critics of the technology had claimed. Wind turbine


"It shows that there can be serious species level impacts in the construction phase, so construction in the right place is absolutely key. But what it hasn't shown is that windfarms are 'bird blenders'. There is no impact from the turning of the blades," said Martin Harper, the RSPB's UK conservation director.

The Guardian reports that the study by conservationists into the impacts on 10 of the key species of British upland bird, including several suffering serious population declines, concluded that a large majority of species can co-exist or thrive with windfarms once they are operating.

The largest study of its kind published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, was carried out jointly by four naturalists and ornithologists from the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

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