Articles filed under Impact on Bats from Europe

Keeping up with Germany's endangered bats

Koch proposes shutting down wind turbines at times when bats' migration path puts them at risk from the huge, rotating blades. But if bat protection is to be taken into consideration when designing policy – on wind energy development, forestry, agriculture and the use of pesticides – solid data is essential.
30 Apr 2018

Bats massacred by wind turbines may get reprieve in Sweden

Five different species of bats have been found dead below turbines in southern Sweden by the researchers. What they all have in common is that they prefer to hunt at higher altitudes, making them more vulnerable to the rotating blades than peers. ...if nothing is done to limit the deaths, numerous populations are at risk of getting rare, Green said.
10 May 2017

Wind turbines may halve bat activity

The research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, involved halting microturbine movement at 20 sites across the UK and examining the effect on bird and bat activity. Bird activity was not significantly affected but bat activity was 54% lower in close proximity to operating turbines.
31 Jul 2012

German wind farms can kill bats from near and far, research suggests

Previous studies have already highlighted that more than 200,000 bats are killed each year by German wind turbines. Researchers are convinced that such high mortality rates may not be sustainable ...Voigt calls for stronger legislative agreements. The large-scale development of wind farms throughout Germany may have negative consequences for even remote ecosystems in northeastern Europe.
3 Jul 2012

German wind farms can kill bats from near and far, research suggests

Previous studies have already highlighted that more than 200,000 bats are killed each year by German wind turbines. Researchers are convinced that such high mortality rates may not be sustainable ...Voigt calls for stronger legislative agreements. The large-scale development of wind farms throughout Germany may have negative consequences for even remote ecosystems in northeastern Europe.
3 Jul 2012

The trouble with turbines: An ill wind

But the concern is that turbines threaten species that are already struggling, such as bats, which in North America have been hit hard by white-nose fungus. Another vulnerable group is raptors, which are slow to reproduce and favour the wind corridors that energy companies covet. “There are species of birds that are getting killed by wind turbines that do not get killed by autos, windows or buildings,” says Shawn Smallwood ...Smallwood has found that Altamont blades slay an average of 65 golden eagles a year. “We could lose eagles in this country if we keep on doing this,” he says.
20 Jun 2012

Wind turbines 'hit' bat populations

Scientists found the blades of wind turbines were a major threat to bats particularly when they are migrating. ...Writing in the journal Science, the researchers estimated that bats could be worth billions to agriculture around the world.
31 Mar 2011

Bats scupper farmer's wind turbine plans

The owner of a farm near Buskett planned to install a 15KW wind turbine which would generate enough power to supply his property's electricity needs. ...the development could pose a threat to native populations of bats and birds. The Environment and Planning Commission (the former DCC) thus asked the developer to provide a year's worth of monitoring data.
2 Feb 2011

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