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New study on bird migration across the German North and Baltic Seas

A large number of birds migrate across the German part of the Baltic and North Seas every year. But how exactly does bird migration take place over the sea? What influence does the weather have? How high is the risk that birds migrating across the sea collide with wind turbines? These questions are addressed in a current BioConsult SH project.

Collisions of birds with wind turbines are usually considered to be a major conflict between nature conservation and further development of offshore wind farms. So far, only little information is available on temporal and spatial migration patterns in the offshore area. The project summarises and evaluates data of many years of monitoring. Aim is to create models describing nocturnal bird migration. In addition, models are to be developed to predict the risk that birds collide.

Please refer to the project site for further information on the project.