Despite the increasing numbers of wind turbines, their impacts on the environment are poorly known.
A new study published by researchers in Finland focuses on wind turbines in the Baltic Sea region and their impact on bats and their migration.
Researchers from the Universities of Turku and Helsinki in Finland have been looking into literature about wind farm impacts on bats in several countries around the Baltic Sea (Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden) and in the rest of Europe. They published a review on the topic. The results are quite straightforward: impacts of wind farms on bats in the Baltic Sea region have barely been investigated.
Only a handful of reports and studies are available, and they are rarely in English. The main reasons for this lack of data are probably the small numbers of turbines in the region and the shortage of information on bats themselves, says Simon Gaultier from the University of Turku, one of the authors of the review.
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