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Offshore wind turbines can be deadly for birds of prey

According to a new study, offshore wind turbines are far more dangerous for migrating birds than previously estimated.

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Large offshore wind turbines could prove to be a much greater threat to migrating birds of prey than previously assumed, shows a new study from DHI Water and Environment and Aarhus University in Denmark, according to videnskab.dk.

The study investigates the Danish offshore wind farm Rødsand II and shows that bird of prey can be drawn to the turbines, supposedly because they think that they are small islands. The birds then fly straight into the blades. Previously, it was assumed that offshore turbines could be beneficial for birds.

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