This article is part of our on-going review of new research into wind farm impacts on bats. It considers a recent paper published in the journal Biological Conservation by Voigt et al. (2012) titled “The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: a plea for international regulations¹”. It makes interesting and challenging reading for those involved in wind farm development in continental Europe, and has some possible implications for future assessment of impacts on bats at wind energy installations within the UK both on-shore and off-shore.
Here, we set out a brief review of the paper and consider what implications there might be for the wind energy industry in the UK.
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¹ Voigt, C.C., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G,, Niermann, I & Kramer-Schadt, S. (2012). The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: a plea for international regulations. Biological Conservation; 153: 80 DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2012.04.027