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Wind power at the expense of nature?

This press released by nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. responds to the repeated killing of red kites at the Weiler wind energy facility located in Luxembourg. The facility consists of seven Siemens SWT-3.0-113 turbines (21 MW) that were commissioned in 2016. nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. calls for the immediate shutdown of this facility during the breeding season from mid-March to mid-August.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the remnants of a red kite were found at the foot of a wind farm of the Weiler wind farm.

The red kite (Milvus milvus) is one of the most important breeding bird species in Central Europe. About 15,000 breeding pairs, which is 70% of the world's red kite population, breed here. As a result, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Belgium have a special responsibility for preserving this species in Europe.

Within the community of Wincrange, the density of red kites is particularly high compared to the rest of the country. According to Centrale ornithologique, about 10-13 redmilan pairs breed over an area of 113.4 km2. But there are also the wind turbines of the wind farm Weiler, at whose foot on 22 May 2019 the remains of a red kite were found again.

According to a report from the public, employees of natur & ëmwelt found the remnants of a red kite 10m next to the base of a wind turbine. The unequivocal injuries of the animal as well as the extraordinarily short distance to the wind turbine are to assume that the animal was cut by the rotor blades. This message is not an isolated case, because even in the last year, the remains of a red kite have been found there.

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the remnants of a red kite were found at the foot of a wind farm of the Weiler wind farm.

The red kite (Milvus milvus) is one of the most important breeding bird species in Central Europe. About 15,000 breeding pairs, which is 70% of the world's red kite population, breed here. As a result, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Belgium have a special responsibility for preserving this species in Europe.

Within the community of Wincrange, the density of red kites is particularly high compared to the rest of the country. According to Centrale ornithologique, about 10-13 redmilan pairs breed over an area of ​​113.4 km2. But there are also the wind turbines of the wind farm Weiler, at whose foot on 22 May 2019 the remains of a red kite were found again.

According to a report from the public, employees of natur & ëmwelt found the remnants of a red kite 10m next to the base of a wind turbine. The unequivocal injuries of the animal as well as the extraordinarily short distance to the wind turbine are to assume that the animal was cut by the rotor blades. This message is not an isolated case, because even in the last year, the remains of a red kite have been found there.

Wind turbines may not be approved in nature conservation critical locations, such as near red kite, black stork or eagle owl breeding grounds. According to various studies, it is hardly possible to design the facilities in such a way (height, distance to each other, ...) that no danger emanates from them. If wind-sensitive species settle after the construction of plants, they must be shut down during the breeding season from mid-March to mid-August. It is most likely the found animal is a parent of a nearby brood. The widowed Milan alone will not be able to feed his young, so it will not stay with a dead Milan. Since not far from the locality in the wind farm Weiler a Rotmilan breeding pair has settled, these animals, as long as the system turns, are endangered.

nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. therefore calls for the immediate shutdown of this facility during the breeding season from mid-March to mid-August.

nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. supports initiatives for the protection of the climate, first of all the energy saving, but also the further development of plants for the production of renewable energy. However, it is not important to promote climate protection at the expense of nature conservation. Here are solution-oriented measures required to protect this species from extinction. According to the red list of breeding birds in Luxembourg, red kite is one of the endangered species.

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Press Release On Red Kite Kills Weiler Wind Farm

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Source: http://download.rtl.lu/2019...

MAY 24 2019
http://www.windaction.org/posts/49855-wind-power-at-the-expense-of-nature
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