Articles filed under Impact on Birds from Europe

Sad end to real high flier

The male white-tailed, or sea, eagle, known officially as Red T, was released into the wild back in 2011 as part of the East Coast Sea Eagle project. However, a “mortality signal” was picked up for the bird in February and it was tracked to the discovery of a carcase buried under several inches of snow below a wind turbine in the Ochils.
26 Jun 2014

Bird discovery threatens closure of 50MW project

A Spanish court has ruled null and void local authority permits granted to a 50MW wind plant, partly owned by Italian utility Enel, that has been in operation for three years. Avian group SEO Birdlife brought the case to court. It discovered the regional government of Castile and León had concealed official environmental reports highlighting the importance of a local bird species, the urogallo, in the vicinity of the Peña del Gato wind project.
16 Oct 2013

Row over wind farm harrier study

Since 2010, a proportion of the harrier chicks fledged at Langholm have been fitted with satellite tags which monitor their progress. The row centres on the methodology used by Infinis' environmental experts to assess bird numbers, which came up with the figure of a solitary hen harrier flying over the proposed site.
31 Aug 2013

Might black wind turbines prevent bird collisions?

Energy company Statkraft, which operates the farm, says that several white-tailed eagles (also called sea eagles) are found dead on the ground having flown into turbines at the inland wind farm. As well as testing black rotor blades, the INTACT project will also examine whether increasing the visibility of the turbine's towers might prevent strikes from birds that fly lower than eagles, such as ducks and grouse.
9 Aug 2013

Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited. A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia.
28 Jun 2013

Twitchers flocking to see rare bird saw it killed by wind turbine

"It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator. "It is tragic. More than 80 people had already arrived on the island and others were coming from all over the country. But it just flew into the turbine. It was killed instantly."
27 Jun 2013

Feathers fly in Shetland wind farm development row

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw QC, for the group, told the court yesterday: "One of the main legal contentions is how the Scottish Government has approached the Birds Directive and we say that is an error of law." Protesters are seeking to have the decision set aside and maintain that a public inquiry should have been held.
30 Jan 2013
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