A concerned biologist
With many thanks to Mark Duchamp!
Biologe und Artenschützer Clive Hambler von der Uni Oxford, UK äußert sich besorgt über die Auswirkungen von Windkraftwerken auf Vögel und Fledermäuse
Prof. Hambler: "Ich denke, Windindustriezonen sind potentiell die größte Katastrophe für Greifvögel seit den Tagen der Verfolgung durch Wilderer und ich denke, Windparks sind eine der größten Bedrohungen für die europäischen und nordamerikanischen Fledermäuse seit der Abholzung großer Waldflächen. Die Auswirkungen sind bereits ernst für Seeadler in Europa, wie es in Norwegen deutlich wird."
Oxford University conservation biologist concerned by impact of wind farms on birds and bats
Says Clive Hambler, Lecturer in Biological and Human Sciences, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK:
"I think wind farms are potentially the biggest disaster for birds of prey since the days of persecution by gamekeepers, and I think wind farms are one of the biggest threats to European and North American bats since large scale deforestation. The impacts are already becoming serious for white-tailed eagles in Europe, as is abundantly clear in Norway. A wind farm – built despite opposition from ornithologists – has decimated an important population, killing 40 white-tailed eagles in about 5 years and 11 of them in 2010. The last great bustard in the Spanish province of Cadiz was killed by a wind development. In my experience, some “greens” are in complete denial of these impacts, or hopefully imagine that these bats and birds can take big losses: they can’t because they breed very slowly.
"Birds of prey often soar where wind farms are best-sited, and may be attracted to their deaths by the vegetation and prey around the turbines. A similar deadly ecological trap has been proposed for bats, with some species attracted by insect prey or noise around the turbines.
"There are very serious suggestions of a cover-up of the scale of the problem, by some operatives hiding the corpses of birds, but you only have to look at the Save the Eagles website to see the evidence accumulating despite scavengers or deception.
"To my mind one of the worst problems is that wind farms will prevent the recovery of birds of prey, other threatened birds, and bats – denying them great swathes of the European and North American continent where they once dwelt. This flies in the face of the legally binding Convention on Biological Diversity, which encourages restoration of habitat and species whenever practicable. It makes a nonsense of the idea that wind is ‘sustainable’ energy – except in that it sustains and renews ecological damage."