“More protection for bats in the forest when constructing wind turbines”
Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has published recommendations to protect bats when constructing and operating wind parks in forests. Identifying which bat species live in the area is important for tailor-made preventive action, according to the report. “This is the only way nature-friendly wind energy development is possible,” BfN president Beate Jessel said in a press release. For certain species, BfN proposes a distance of at least 50 metres between the tree canopy and the lower edge of the turbine’s rotors. For others, it suggests shutting turbines off at certain times.