Migrating geese avoid offshore wind farms, says study
But Dr Lucy Wright from the British Trust for Ornithology, who was not involved with the research, pointed out the limitations of the study.
"It only measures the avoidance behaviour of one species at two neighbouring windfarms and we don't know how the results would differ for other species or at other sites."
August 10, 2012
by Nick Crumpton
in BBC News
Pink-footed geese appear to be avoiding new offshore wind farms when returning to the UK, a study has suggested.
By monitoring the movement of the birds over four years, researchers were able to detect changes in flight patterns around two newly erected wind farms.
The results show that this species of geese, at least, identify wind farms as a threat and alter their flight to avoid turbine blades, the authors said.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Pawel Plonczkier and Ian Simms from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) monitored migrating flocks of pink-footed geese... [continue via Web link]