[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wind farms are not ‘bird blenders’ – RSPB 

Credit:  By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent, The Telegraph, www.telegraph.co.uk 12 April 2012 ~~

Wind farms are not ‘bird blenders’, a new study has found, but the construction does damage populations of curlew, snipe and red grouse.

Researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Scottish Natural Heritage and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) looked at 10 bird species at 18 wind farm sites in the UK.

They found minimal impact on birds from flying into rotating turbines.

However the study, published in the Journal of Applied Biology, found strong evidence that some species suffered serious harm while wind farms are being built.

Curlew numbers remained “significantly lower” after the wind farms began operating, as they abandoned nesting sites. Snipe numbers also failed to recover, falling by more than half within 400m of the study sites. Red grouse numbers also fell but rose again after construction finished.

The study’s authors said these findings were balanced out by the discovery that two species, the skylark and stonechat – which prefer open, broken and short vegetation – flourished during the building phase. The other species, such as meadow pipit, golden plover, wheatear, dunlin and lapwings, showed either no change or less certain reactions

Martin Harper, the RSPB’s UK conservation director, said the study showed more care needs to be taken in siting wind farms.

“It shows that there can be serious species-level impacts in the construction phase, so construction in the right place is absolutely key. But what it hasn’t shown is that wind farms are ‘bird blenders’. There is no impact from the turning of the blades,” he said.

However the study did not look at golden eagles, one of the main species that protesters claim fly into wind turbines.

Source:  By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent, The Telegraph, www.telegraph.co.uk 12 April 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky