New research at the University of Turku shows that bats like restored wetlands!
Wind power and artificial light impact Finnish bats (Dissertation defence: MSc Simon P. Gaultier, 09.06.2023, ecology)
After monitoring bat activity for two summers, doctoral researcher Simon P. Gaultier found that bats avoid wind turbines and artificial lights in woodlands. The thesis also highlights the need for better consideration of bats in wind power projects in the whole European boreal region.
Wind turbines are built at an increasing pace but their effect on nature and animals are poorly known. Researchers from the Universities of Turku and Helsinki in Finland have investigated the impact of wind turbines on bat presence and activity in boreal forests. The results indicate clearly that bats don’t like wind turbines.
Despite the increasing numbers of wind turbines, their impacts on the environment are poorly known. A new study published by researchers in Finland focuses on wind turbines in the Baltic Sea region and their impact on bats and their migration.