Monday, 13 August 2012

Bats, birds and small wind turbines

The latest research, just published, suggests that operating small wind turbines (defined as units generating less than 50kW electricity) may have little effect on bird activity at the fine-scale studied, but could reduce bat activity. Depending upon location, this may affect the availability of roost and foraging sites. Read the full paper here (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0041177) or a summary here (http://www.sbes.stir.ac.uk/research/ecology/micro-turbines.html).

Young Starlings on microturbine photo Elfie Waren

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