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DIVER - Telemetry of divers

red-throated diver

The German Bight is an important wintering area for the two diver species red- and black-throated diver.

The DIVER-project was a joint venture between BioConsult SH, Justus Liebig University of Gießen and DHI. Primary aim of the project was to fill existing major gaps in the knowledge about diver ecology to improve estimates of potential threats and to develop suitable measures to protect diver species.

Spatial and temporal dynamics of habitat use by divers were analysed in the context of offshore wind farm development establishing an important basis to be able to more reliably assess habitat loss caused by the construction of wind farms.

The following specific aims were pursued in the project:


Based on the results of the project, recommendations for use of marine areas were developed to avoid or reduce negative effects of offshore wind farms and marine traffic on red-throated divers in important wintering areas.

More information can be found on the project homepage https://satellite.divertracking.com.

For further information please refer to the following documents:

Kleinschmidt, B., Dorsch, M., Heinänen, S., Morkunas, J., Schumm, Y.R., Žydelis, R. & Quillfeldt, P. (2022):
Prevalence of Haemosporidian Parasites in an Arctic Breeding Seabird Species -The Red-Throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
Microorganisms 2022, 10, 2147. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms10112147
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Kleinschmidt, B., Burger, C., Bustamante, P., Dorsch, M., Heinänen, S., Morkūnas, J., Žydelis, R., Nehls, G. & Quillfeldt, P. (2022):
Annual movements of a migratory seabird - the NW European red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) - reveals high individual repeatability but low migratory connectivity:
Marine Biology. 169. 10.1007/s00227-022-04096-x
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Heinänen, S., Žydelis, R., Kleinschmidt, B., Dorsch, M., Burger, C., Morkunas, J., Quillfeldt, P., Nehls, G. (2020):
Satellite telemetry and digital aerial surveys show strong displacement of red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) from offshore wind farms
Marine Environmental Research. 160. 104989. 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.104989.
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Burger, C., Schubert, A., Heinänen, S., Dorsch, M., Kleinschmidt, B., Žydelis, R., Morkūnas, J., Quillfeldt, P. & Nehl, G. (2019):
A novel approach for assessing effects of ship traffic on distributions and movements of seabirds
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Dorsch, M., Burger, C., Schubert, A., Nehls, G., Quillfeldt, P., Heinänen, S., Zydelis, R. & Morkūnas, J. (2019):
DIVER – German tracking study of seabirds in areas of planned Offshore Wind Farms at the example of divers. Final report on the joint project DIVER, FKZ 0325747A/B, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).
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Logo Bwe PtJThe project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) represented by Projektträger Jülich (PtJ).

Project duration: 01/11/2014 – 31/10/2018

Funding ID 0325747 A/B


Monika Dorsch

Monika Dorsch