Industrial wind turbines risk a wildlife paradise in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Hamburg (GERMANY) - The cranes come. Many thousands of majestic birds are after their grueling non-stop flight from Southern Europe now approaching Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The first have already landed to occupy their breeding sites and perform their spectacular mating dances. The Galenbecker See is their home for centuries. Here rest the elegant birds, here they pull their offspring on. The nearby Friedländer Große Wiese is for "Birds of happiness" - so the Japanese mythology - an important foraging habitat. The cranes can not imagine that the 4th amendment to the zoning plan of the rural town Ferdinandshof will make the "unlucky" homeless in the near future. It is precisely in this valuable EU bird sanctuary near the town of Neubrandenburg, a wind turbine facility is to be built! The large-scale plant would be built at a distance from 3.5 to 8 kilometers of three major crane stopping places and would jeopardize the existence of the rest areas.
The designated area for the construction of the wind turbines is located in the main flight corridor between the resting areas and the food for aquatic cranes. But gray, Bläss- and bean geese and cusps and whooper swans need the Friedländer Große Wiese, which is about the size of 25,000 football fields with around 20,000 hectares of peat soil. Thus, the area is the largest and most important fen in Northern Germany!
"The effects of an industrial wind power plant on this valuable biotope are immense," says Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, sole director of the German Wildlife Foundation. "The negative impact on birds are substantial and proven in similar habitats." In the end a wildlife paradise will be sacrificed to make way for this controversial energy project.
The habitat of the largest enclosed fen area reads like a "Who's Who" of threatened species: spotted eagle nest here, hen harriers and rough-legged buzzards, short-eared owls and many thousands of books and Bramblings, red and Fieldfare, meadow pipit and yellowhammer use the foraging habitat. The Friedländer Große Wiese is deciduous, moor and grass frogs, toads and grass snakes a survival important habitat. "All of them are red-list species and deserve special protection," says the director of the German Wildlife Foundation. "Rare Wild Animals will be sacrificed for half-baked energy policy here," writes Prof. Vahrenholt. "The rapid extinction of species and loss of biodiversity are downplayed, ignored and sacrificed in the name of a questionable climate policy against the will of the citizens."
Despite moderate to strong winds in northern Germany, the power lines in the north lack sufficient capacity to transport the electricity. "Then all the wind farms must be curtailed - but even when no electricity is generated the wind farm operator is paid anyway." According to Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt "any new wind farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, adds to the problems of this nonsensical zero-sum politics". Few benefit from the Schildbürgerei: "It is the project developer and operator of wind turbines while the cost is imposed on household electricity customers and nature will be the loser!."
(Translation with the assistance of Google Translate)