Wind power

Wind power, no impact on birdlife

The debate on wind power continues and is becoming increasingly heated. This time it is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds which has published a very interesting research. The gigantic wind turbines they do not damage bird species, so much so that the Bird Protection Authority has decided to build one wind turbine 100 meters high, right near its headquarters!

There Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the British leader in bird protection. A study, carried out in collaboration with this authority, seems to show that the avifauna does not suffer damage following the introduction of wind turbines.


The research team collected numerous data, monitored the areas of wind farms populated by birds. Especially the mountainous areas of the United Kingdom, an ideal habitat for numerous bird species. According to the monitoring, the bird density does not appear to have suffered any damage, no significant reduction for mountain birds following the construction of the wind farms.

According to the report published by the magazine Applied Ecology, there is little relevance between the decrease in volatile populations and the activity of wind farms, rather a negative impact was recorded during the preparation of the parks. Research has shown that during the construction of the wind farms some volatile species such as curlews, snipe and red-legged partridge have been damaged.

Research of the Scottish Natural Heritage RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) surveyed 10 bird species in 18 wind farms across Britain.

For a long time also in Italy there has been a debate between environmentalists and animal rights activists, the latter are very concerned about the fate of the birds that can be damaged during the flight, crossing the rotating plates of the turbines. In fact, British research seems to show that it's the staging phase of the wind farms to damage volatile species. Among the 10 species observed, theGolden Eagle, the volatile species that is very dear to the Italian animal rights activists, but there are species such as the skylark and the saltimpalo, birds that prefer open vegetation. In reality, the study found that the density of these species also increased during the construction phase, while for the other species there were few changes.

In any case, the RSPB says it is not too worried about the impact they have wind farms on birdlife, so much so that it announced its intention to build a wind turbine at its headquarters in Bedfordshire. The wind turbine chosen by the bird protection agency will be 100 meters high and will guarantee 2/3 of the electricity needs of the entire site and its operations in the United Kingdom.

We hope that the groups of Italian animal rights activists and environmentalists who oppose the setting up of wind farms appealing to the impact on avifauna, follow the example of the RSPB.


Video: Birds, Bats and Wind Turbines (October 2020).