Biodiversity impacts associated to onshore wind power projects

Studies on biodiversity impacts of onshore wind have focused mainly on birds, bats and natural habitats, with limited understanding of impacts to other taxa, including non-flying mammals. Wind energy developments can affect birds and bats through direct mortality and through loss and degradation of their habitat, and this effect is well-documented for both species groups.

The ability to predict fatality levels is more advanced for birds than bats, while there is comparatively little knowledge on population-level impacts for either birds or bats. This is particularly the case for the tropics and sub-tropics where diversity is high, and wind power is expanding rapidly

Authors: L. Bennun, J. van Bochove, C. Ng, C. Fletcher, D. Wilson, N. Phair, G. Carbone

Date: 2021