PhD Research Student
MSc Animal Behaviour with distinction, University of Exeter (2008-2009)
Supervisors: Dr Kirsty Park (University of Stirling), Prof Dave Goulson (University of Sussex), Prof Nick Hanley (University of Stirling)
Start Date: 1st October 2011
3B155, Cottrell Building
tel: +44 (0)1786 466370
The majority of small-scale wind turbine installations in the UK currently require planning permission. Better understanding of the potential wildlife impacts, and how these can be mitigated, is vital because this is often a factor considered by planning officers assessing applications.
Research at Stirling University is underway to examine the behaviour and activity of bats and birds before and after turbine installation, and we are looking for study
sites where we could conduct this work.
We are looking for planned installations anywhere in mainland UK which meet the following criteria:
1. Free-standing turbines only
2. Mast height 10 – 20 m
If you, or any of your clients are willing to take part in this study, please contact:
Cerian Tatchley; Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone 01786 466370
Data collected as part of this study will be held electronically with security measures to prevent unauthorised access to information. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and we will not disclose it to any third party.
Turbine in your backyard - wildlife impacts and public attitudes to small scale turbines
Wind power is an increasingly important method of electricity generation, identified as one of the key technologies central to achieving the UK government’s target of delivering 15% of the UK’s energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020. The Scottish government has set an even more ambitious target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
There are a range of potential negative effects wind power can exert on wildlife, in particular on birds and bats. For large wind farms these include collisions, disturbance and displacement of local populations away from the surrounding area. Careful consideration of the location, size and operation of wind farms to minimise these impacts is required to gain planning consent in most countries.
A growing sector of renewable energy production is microgeneration, including micro-wind turbines (capacity < 100kW). Due to the differences between micro- and large turbines in size, location and numbers deployed, extrapolation from impact studies of wind farms to micro-turbines is not appropriate. However, to date there has been no published research into the wildlife impacts of micro-turbines. Quantification of the potential wildlife impacts is necessary to inform planning guidance.
Additionally, perceived wildlife impacts have a significant influence on public attitudes towards wind power. Public attitudes place further pressure on planning guidance and may act as a barrier to the expansion of renewable energy production, particularly of microgeneration technologies where the general public form a large proportion of consumers, with implications for the attainment of renewable energy targets.
This project has two aims: