31 Jul '18, 4pm

Safe havens for protected birds? - Windpower Monthly

Safe havens for protected birds? - Windpower Monthly

Birds being shredded by wind-turbine blades has long been a visual used to support arguments against wind power. A great deal of work has been done — and continues — on how to prevent bats and birds from colliding with turbines, while developers pay strict attention to wildlife habitats when selecting sites. But it seems some birds are more open-minded when it comes to wind farms. Breeding boxes fixed to turbines in the western German state of North Rhine Westfalia (NRW), as well as in neighbouring Hesse, have been home to successfully breeding kestrels, and more recently peregrine falcons, for more than ten years. Yet, NRW nature protection authorities are calling for the breeding boxes to be dismantled. Local Green Party member of parliament Wibke Brems has asked for government clarification. Brems suspects the NRW nature and environment authority is keen to rule out any...

Full article: https://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1489017/safe-hav...

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