Effectiveness of mitigation measures to reduce the effects of wind turbines on birds

In this project, a research plan was developed to study the effectiveness of measures used to minimise the adverse effects of wind turbines on birds.

A nature-compatible further development of wind energy use

Further development of onshore wind energy use leads to growing demand for suitable project sites and thus to increasing conflicts with nature conservation interests. Birds in particular can be affected by this expansion in wind energy use.

Various different measures serve to minimise the impacts. Among these are shutdown on demand, avoidance of bird attraction or sound and optical stimuli to deter birds from the rotor-swept area.

From a nature conservation point of view, the effectiveness of these measures has not yet been sufficiently investigated.

This project has established an evidence-based knowledge base and developed a method to determine the effectiveness and thus success of selected measures. Aim is a nature-compatible further development of wind energy use.

Papers and reports

Blew, J., Albrecht, K., Reichenbach, M., Bußler, S., Grünkorn, T., Menke, K., & Middeke, O. (2018)

Wirksamkeit von Maßnahmen gegen Vogelkollisionen an Windenergieanlagen

Bundesamt für Naturschutz (Hrsg.). BfN-Skripten 518: 129 S.

Further information

More information can be found on the BfN project homepage.

  • Funding period

    September 2016-September 2017

  • Funding ID

    3516 82 2700

  • Funded by

  • Partner

    ARSU (Arbeitsgruppe für regionale Struktur- und Umweltforschung GmbH Oldenburg (The Regional Planning and Environmental Research Group))

    ANUVA (ANUVA – Stadt- und Umweltplanung GbR)