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Renewable energy planning applications

Our experience in traditional ornithology and radar detection play an important part in environmental impact assessments. APHA’s mobile bird radar enables the gathering of accurate and reliable data from large-scale monitoring of birds during offshore and conservation research.

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)

Before any new wind farm can be developed, statutory bodies insist that any possible conflict with resident and migratory bird populations is evaluated. APHA is the only organisation offering mobile bird radar detection for wind farm developments.

Our comprehensive monitoring service provides accurate, objective and impartial information about bird movements, helping to ensure that new wind farms are sensitively located.

Offshore and conservation research

In light of the planned expansion of offshore wind farms around the UK, COWRIE (Collaboration for Offshore Wind Research into the Environment) has highlighted the need for research into the distribution, abundance and habitat requirements of birds.

Our mobile bird detection radar is versatile and adaptable, and able to accurately monitor the movements of marine birds around proposed offshore wind farm sites.

Alternatively, radar detection can be applied for pure conservation research.

The detection of bat movements around proposed sites for wind farms is becoming increasingly important. Research conducted using the mobile bird radar shows that bats have been detected flying at altitudes of up to 1km. Understanding the height at which bats fly is crucial in determining whether they would pass through the blade-swept area of the turbines.

The mobile bird radar has revolutionised bat research and offers developers the capability to run bat and bird monitoring and evaluation surveys at the sites of proposed wind farms.

See our case studies page for further information.

To discuss your requirements please contact our Wildlife Team

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 406125
Email: nwmc@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Page last modified: 10 September, 2015