BirdLife supports renewable energy – but not when it comes at the expense of wildlife.
Wind power - key to protecting our climate but problematic for birds © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
We know that wind farms are one of the most environmentally-friendly energy sources. Besides using a renewable resource, wind turbines release minimal amounts of carbon dioxide and actually take up very little land space since their structures occupy the air, rather than the land. However, for animals that need that air space, they can pose big problems.
The most obvious threat to birds and bats is direct and fatal collisions with blades. Besides this, turbines can affect their flight by disrupting air currents or displacing those birds that actively avoid turbines, such as geese, from their usual foraging areas. The Groot Winterhoekberg in the Eastern Cape is an ecologically important site, among other things it has a high density of raptors. Read the rest of this positive story here.