Bats and onshore wind turbines…a fatal attraction
Scotland Against Spin
5 August 2016
Concern over bats being killed by onshore wind turbines has been growing for several years and that worry has just been further reinforced by research in Germany.
Wind turbines attract bats, apparently, or at least one species.
They seem to appear particularly appealing to female noctule bats in early summer, according to a pilot study at German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.
This fatal attraction was noticed when the flight paths of noctule bats (Nyctalus noctula) were mapped using the latest GPS tracking devices.
The bats managed to take even seasoned experts by surprise.
The driver behind the study is the conflict between the exploitation of wind energy and the conservation of protected bats in Germany, where onshore wind generation capacity is now considerable and still growing.
In short, it seems there is a conflict between the development…
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