Impacts on Other Animals

Wind Farms Act Like Apex Predators on Ecosystems, Study Finds
Ron Brackett
When the number of predatory birds is reduced by the presence of industrial wind turbines, the population of their prey may show an increase. A study published by the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore found that fan-throated lizard populations exploded near wind turbines in the Western Ghats, a mountain range along India’s west coast.

Windfarm group ready for battle

The Corkman
Maria Herlihy
Portuguese scientist Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira discussed the effects of turbines on animal and human health and is an expert on infra-sound – the energy created by sound which humans cannot hear, and low frequency noise, the sound generated by wind turbines. She told the seminar of the evidence of health damage to horses, sheep, pigs, mink and geese, which she said had been “adversely affected” by proximity to windfarms in her native Portugal.

Wind turbine war for turtles, and ourselves
Toronto Sun
Jim McPherson, special to the Toronto Sun
Last month, an Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) ruled the White Pines wind energy project must be reduced from 27 turbine sites to nine because proposed mitigations were insufficient to protect Blanding’s turtles.

Do terrestrial animals avoid areas close to turbines in functioning wind farms in agricultural landscapes?
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Lopucki, Klich, Gielarek
The reactions of animals were species specific. Herbivorous mammals (roe deer and European hare) avoided wind farm interiors and proximity to turbines. The common pheasant showed a positive reaction to wind turbine proximity. The red fox had the most neutral response to wind turbines.

Wind Turbine Experiences – 2012 survey results
The British Horse Society
The incidence of adverse reaction in quiet horses and with highly skilled riders is of particular concern.


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