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15 Apr 2010 09:04:06

Tagged birds may determine windfarm locations

Tagged birds may determine windfarm locations
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is launching a new project that could help to determine the location of future windfarms.

It has tagged a group of five barnacle geese with satellite trackers to find out more about their migration habits. The birds overwinter in Scotland's Solway Firth before heading to the Arctic Svalbard islands in the summer.

While the WWT believes the expansion of renewable energy is important to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is concerned about the impact of offshore turbines on wetland bird species.

It pointed out that migratory birds arriving on UK shores in hours of darkness may collide with wind turbines, as their main flight corridor appears to take them through sites that have been earmarked for new offshore developments.

Tracking the movements of the birds will therefore provide the WWT with important data on the possible risks to wetland species and help them develop new solutions that will allow birds and offshore windfarms to coexist.

There are a number of other environmental considerations that developers must take into account when deciding where to site offshore windfarms, including the impact of underwater noise and vibrations in marine mammals and fish.



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