Bats and Wind Farms in Europe – Continental Scale Effects?

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.

Bat Survey Work in Poland

One of BSG Ecology’s current projects has seen Senior Ecologist Hannah Bilston design and implement a bat survey programme for a proposed 20 turbine wind farm in Poland.

Winwick Wind Farm Public Inquiry

This article provides a brief review of a recent appeal decision for a proposed seven wind turbine scheme in Northamptonshire.  It also continues Dr Peter Shepherd’s review of wind farm public inquiry decisions following his recent note on the Kelmarsh and Watford Lodge wind farm appeal decisions.

Matt Hobbs to speak at RenewableUK Conference, Glasgow (30 October – 1 November 2012)

Senior Ecologist Matt Hobbs will present a talk to the RenewableUK Conference in Glasgow on the subject of the Bat Conservation Trust’s onshore wind farm guidance.  Matt’s talk will take place on the morning of Thursday 1 November (the Small and Medium Wind Installer Session), and is entitled “Applying the Bat Conservation Trust survey guidelines for onshore wind farms: why doing more can mean doing less.”

Re-igniting the debate about waders and wind farms: a new paper

The latest in a series of papers looking at impacts of windfarms on upland waders was recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.  This paper, by Pearce-Higgins, Stephen, Douse & Langston, aims to draw together monitoring data from wind farms in unenclosed  upland habitats in the UK in order to to determine whether there is evidence that breeding densities of upland birds are reduced as a result of wind farm construction or operation. 

Recent Wind Farm Public Inquiry Decisions and Wildlife Issues

Over the last 18 months Dr Peter Shepherd has appeared at 3 public inquiries into wind farms, providing expert witness evidence in each case on the impact of the proposed schemes on local bat populations. These reviews concerned a proposed wind farm at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire, which sat shortly after a nearby inquiry into a wind farm proposal at Watford Lodge. Both inquiries have now been determined and a number of interesting points arise from these decisions which Peter reviews in the attached paper.

Bats and Micro-wind Energy Schemes

BSG Ecology has been delivering ecological survey and assessment in support of wind farm and large single turbine applications for a considerable time.   Over the past year, however, we have begun to field a considerable number of queries about small-scale turbines, typically to provide electricity for individual industrial units or farms.  The requirement for our input often arises as a result of consultee concerns about potential impacts on bats.

Cheverton Down Wind Farm – Review of appeal decision

Dr Peter Shepherd (BSG Partner) was asked to give evidence on behalf of the appellant as the impact on bats was a main issue at this public inquiry. As part of our on-going analysis of wind farm appeal decisions, a review of the Cheverton Down Wind Farm inquiry is presented in an article, written by Dr Shepherd, which includes comments and observations on the appeal decision (issued on 30 August 2011).

Dr Peter Shepherd presents paper at RenewableUK

The two part presentation can been viewed here: Part 1 & Part 2

BSG was once again present at our stand at the RenewableUK conference this year in Manchester. Dr Peter Shepherd presented a paper to the conference session on ecological evidence titled “A Review of Ecological Issues at Wind Farm Public Inquiries”.