Retain a buffer between turbines and habitat features used by bats
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This intervention involves leaving a minimum distance between wind turbines and bat roosts or habitat features to create a buffer zone. The EUROBAT guidance on bats and wind turbines recommends a minimum distance of 200 m between wind turbines and important bat habitats (Rodrigues et al┬á2014). Natural England, UK recommends a minimum distance of 50 m from the turbine blade tip to the nearest bat habitat feature (Mitchell-Jones & Carlin 2012), and for micro turbines a minimum distance of 20 m has been recommended (Minderman et al┬á2012).
Minderman J., Pendlebury C.J., Pearce-Higgins J.W. & Park K.J. (2012) Experimental evidence for the effect of small wind turbine proximity and operation on bird and bat activity. PLoS ONE, 7, e41177.
Mitchell-Jones, T & Carlin C. (2012) Bats and onshore wind turbines interim guidance. Natural England Technical Information Note TIN051.
Rodrigues, L., Bach, L., Dubourg-Savage, M., Karapand┼ża, B., Kova─Ź, D., Kervyn, T., Dekker, J., Kepel, A., Bach, P., Collins, J., Harbusch, C., Park, K., Micevski, B., Minderman, J. (2015) Guidelines for Consideration of Bats in Wind Farm Projects - Revision 2014. EUROBATS Publication Series No. 6 (English version). UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat, Bonn, Germany.