The Anonymous Widower

Dutch Stop Offshore Wind Turbines To Protect Migratory Birds In ‘International First’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

The wind turbines at Borssele and Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farms were stopped for four hours on 13 May, to help migrating birds pass by safely.

These three paragraphs outline the measures taken to protect the migrating birds.

According to the Dutch Government, this is the first time such a measure has been applied and is in line with the approach of the government and participating companies to increasingly focus on ecology and biodiversity in offshore wind farms.

The wind turbines’ speed will be reduced to a maximum of two rotations per minute during the predicted night-time peak migration to give the birds a safe passage.

The shutdown was part of a pilot phase, which could become standard this autumn and will also include wind farms that are still being built or will be constructed in the future.

I wonder how this Dutch action fits with research from Vattenfall, that I wrote about in Unique Study: Birds Avoid Wind Turbine Blades.

May 17, 2023 - Posted by | Energy, World | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Does anybody know how many birds die each year having collided with wind turbines?

    Comment by MauriceGReed | May 18, 2023 | Reply

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