Wind farms have shown a spectacular growth during the last 10 years. As far as we know, this study is the first where the relationship between wind power and birds and small mammals have been considered. Before after control impact (BACI) study design to birds and Impact Gradient (IG) study design to small mammals to test the null hypothesis of no impact of a wind farm were used. In the BACI model Windfarm Area and a Reference Area were considered. Distance from turbines was considered in the IG model. Windfarm installations did not clearly affect bird and small mammal populations. Flight height of nesting and no nesting birds did not show a clear tendency. Small mammals populations suffered high variations in numbers through times by intrinsic population factors. There are many practical problems of detection of human influence on abundances of populations so sampling in the long run can be suggested.
A Bird and Small Mammal BACI and IG Design Studies in a Wind Farm in Malpica (Spain)
Title: A Bird and Small Mammal BACI and IG Design Studies in a Wind Farm in Malpica (Spain)
December 01, 2005
Journal: Biodiversity and Conservation
de Lucas, M.; Janss, G.; Ferrer, M. (2005). A Bird and Small Mammal BACI and IG Design Studies in a Wind Farm in Malpica (Spain). Biodiversity and Conservation, 14, 3289-3303.