This report presents results of the ornithological survey and monitoring at Saint Nikola Wind Farm (SNWF) in the period 01 December 2016 to 15 March 2017, continuing from similar studies in previous winters before and after construction of SNWF including period of carcass searches and Turbine Shut Down System application in winter 2016-2017. As stated in previous reports the primary objective of wintering bird studies at SNWF is to investigate the possible effects of the wind farm on geese populations, notably the Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis (RBG) due to its globally threatened conservation status. Previous years’ wintering studies at SNWF have been reported and presented for download on the AES SNWF website.
To date, as documented by previous reports, there have been no indications that SNWF has had any adverse impact on wintering geese, including RBG, and the more abundant Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (GWFG). This report presents the latest results, from the 2016-17 winter monitoring of SNWF.