Study finds birds are smart enough to avoid offshore wind farm collisions
A two-year study conducted by Swedish state wind company Vattenfall has found that no birds collided with turbines at an offshore wind farm.
One of the criticisms of Wind Power is that it is dangerous to bird and bat populations that collide with the wind turbines. But according to a $3 million, 2-year study not even one bird collision occurred.
The study observed several seabird species, including herring gulls and great black-backed gulls, and found that they maintained a distance of between 50 and 230 yards from the turbines.
The study, which was conducted at an 11-turbine wind farm near Aberdeen, Scotland, used radar surveys and mounted video cameras.
The results provide previously unavailable data about bird interactions with offshore wind farms and could lead to better site selection in the future.